chapter  14
Surrealism and the irrational embellishment of Paris: Raymond Spiteri
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Materialistic historiography . . . is based on a constructive prin-

ciple. Thinking involves not only the flow of thoughts, but their

arrest as well. Where thinking suddenly stops in a configuration

pregnant with tensions, it gives that configuration a shock . . . In

this structure [the historical materialist] recognizes . . . a revolu-

tionary chance in the fight for the oppressed past.