​​LE GRAND JEU

Le Grand Jeu (The Great Game), a group of young men, Roger Gilbert-Lecomte, René Daumal, Roger Vailland and others, intutively knowing the ridiculous absurdity and ultimately useless way of life currently sought and valued, seeking chaos to seek a higher order, to attain a higher state. They refused to be incorporated into the Surrealists, Daumal describing the Surrealist approach as "confusion, trickery, diversion," whereas Le Grand Jeu is an "initiatic community; each of the members, whatever he may do does it with the desire to maintain and reinforce the spiritual unity of the group." The Surrealists sought to shock and disorder, but Le Grand Jeu sought to shock and disorder to find what was beyond the shock and disorder, the higher meaning, the higher order, pushing much harder and more extremely with great desperation to leave the cage of usual human perception. Le Grand Jeu published 3 literary reviews between 1928 and 1930, the 4th did not come out at the time, but has been published since in the 1977 compliation of their work. Le Grand Jeu was a flash of light, an invitation, a quest for what is essential.






​​Roger Gilbert-Lecomte