Georges Henein

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Georges Henein

Georges Henein (1914 – 1973) was an Egyptian surrealist author.


Born in Cairo in 1914, son of a coptic diplomat father and an Italian mother, Henein studied in Europe, where he befriended André Breton and Henri Calet. In 1933 he became a columnist in Egyptian newspapers, notable for his juicy, enlightening or nasty tone.

Back from Paris in the 30’s, he spread surrealism in Cairo by founding the group Art et Liberté (Albert Cossery was a member ), and then by creating the journal (and publishing house) La Part du Sable with poet Edmond Jabès and painter Ramsès Younane. In 1938, Georges met surrealist poet, Ikbal El-Alailly[1], who he would marry in 1954. He participated in the journal Troisième Convoi (1945–1951), created by his friend Michel Fardoulis-Lagrange and Jean Maquet. In Paris, he co-directed the surrealist liaison office “Cause”, but in 1948, he withdrew from the Surrealist movement, while still publishing his poems in Phases journal .In the 60’s, he got involved in journalism, in charge of Third World issues for the news magazines Jeune Afrique and L’Express.

While forced to exile in France by the Egyptian government in 1962 - due to his anti-fascist ideas, Henein worked as a journalist. Writing on Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Marilyn Monroe or Françoise Hardy, Henein stood out for his free, alert and unalterable tone. He used to work with an urgency allowing him to be scandalized or to be moved in the same breath, with a rage sometimes tinged with melancholy, sometimes with perfidy. An example : “ Raymond Roussel snubbed Marcel Proust , and, for that alone, he deserves our sympathy.” (Guliver, Paris, 1973)


  1. ^ Rosemont, Penelope (2001). "Dada & Surrealism". Woman's Art Journal. 22 (2): 60. doi:10.2307/1358944. ISSN 0270-7993. JSTOR 1358944.


  • Déraisons d'être, José Corti, Paris, 1938
  • Un temps de petite fille, Editions de Minuit, Paris, 1947
  • L'Incompatible, La Part du sable, Paris, 1949
  • Le Seuil interdit, Mercure de France, Paris, 1956
  • Le Signe le plus obscur, Présence, Paris, 1977
  • La Force de saluer, La Différence, Paris, 1978
  • L'Esprit frappeur : carnets 1940-1973, Encre, 1980
  • Œuvres. Poésies, récits, essais et articles, forewords by Yves Bonnefoy and Berto Fahri, Denoël, Paris, 2006

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