Tristan Tzara

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Tristan Tzara (April 16, 1896December 25, 1963) is the pseudonym of Sami Rosenstock, born in Moineşti, Bacău, Romania. A poet and essayist who lived for the majority of his life in France, he is known mainly as a founder of Dada, a nihilistic revolutionary movement in the arts.

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Tristan Tzara in 1919

The Dada movement originated in Zrich during World War I; Tzara wrote the first Dada texts, The First Heavenly Adventure of Mr. Antipyrine (La Premire Aventure cleste de Monsieur Antipyrine) (1916), Twenty-Five Poems (Vingt-cinq pomes) (1918) [1] (http://sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu/dada/Vingt_Cinq/index.htm), and the movement's manifestos, Seven Dada Manifestos (Sept manifestes Dada) (1924).

In Paris he engaged in tumultuous activities with Andr Breton, Philippe Soupault, and Louis Aragon to shock the public and to disintegrate the structures of language.

In late 1929, weary of nihilism and destruction, he joined his friends in the more constructive activities of Surrealism. He devoted much of his time to the reconciliation of Surrealism and Marxism and joined the French Resistance movement during World War II and the Communist Party in 1947, when he became a French citizen. He left the Party in 1956, in protest against the Soviet quelling of the revolt in Hungary.

His political commitments brought him closer to his fellow human beings, and he gradually matured into a lyrical poet. His poems revealed the anguish of his soul, caught between revolt and wonderment at the daily tragedy of the human condition. His mature works started with The Approximate Man (L'Homme approximatif) (1931), and continued with Speaking Alone (Parler seul) (1950), and The Inner Face (La Face intrieure) (1953). In these, the anarchically scrambled words of Dada were replaced with a difficult but humanized language.

He died in Paris and was interred there in the Cimetire du Montparnasse.

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