André Breton et Elisa Claro

In 1944, Surrealism's principal spokesman was a thousand miles away in an isolated cabin on Canada's Gaspé Peninsula, where he would remain into October. He was accompanied by the new woman in his life, Elisa Caro, the wife of a Chilean diplomat. He had met her the previous january when, in the midst of a snowstorm, he had stopped for lunch at a favorite refugee hangout, Chez Larré, and had noticed a woman with overwhelming sadness on her face. He subsequently learned that her eleven-year-old daughter had drowned the previous summer while at a camp on Cape Cod and that she herself had attempted suicide. Breton, who had written in Plein marge: "I have looked only at women at odds with their time," was instantly drawn to her. The following year Elisa became his third wife and remained with him for the rest of his life.

Martica Sawin, Surrealism in Exile, page 355


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