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Crossed Wires: On the Prague-Paris Surrealist Telephone. / Sayer, Derek.

In: Common Knowledge, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2012, p. 193-207.

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Sayer, D 2012, 'Crossed Wires: On the Prague-Paris Surrealist Telephone', Common Knowledge, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 193-207. https://doi.org/10.1215/0961754X-1544887

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Sayer, Derek. / Crossed Wires: On the Prague-Paris Surrealist Telephone. In: Common Knowledge. 2012 ; Vol. 18, No. 2. pp. 193-207.

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