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DESTRUCTION WAS MY BEATRICE: DADA AND THE UNMAKING OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. Jed Rasula. Basic Books, Perseus Books Group, New York, 2015. 384 pp. with 17 ills. 25 x 17 cm. LC 2015-4226 ISBN 9780465089963 In English.
Publisher's description: In 1916, as World War I raged around them, a group of bohemians gathered at a small cabaret in Zurich, Switzerland. After decorating the walls with art by Picasso and other avant-garde artists, they embarked on a series of extravagant performances. Three readers simultaneously recited a poem in three languages; a monocle-wearing teenager performed a spell from New Zealand; another young man sneered at the audience, snapping a whip as he intoned his "Fantastic Prayers." One of the artists called these sessions "both buffoonery and a requiem mass." Soon they would have a more evocative name: Dada. In Destruction Was My Beatrice, modernist scholar Jed Rasula presents the first narrative history of Dada, showing how this little-understood artistic phenomenon laid the foundation for culture as we know it today. A globe-spanning narrative that resurrects some of the 20th century's most influential artistic figures, Destruction Was My Beatrice describes how Dada burst upon the world in the midst of total war--and how the effects of this explosion are still reverberating today.
Indexing: Western, Europe — 1900-1945 — Several Media — Dada
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 165618
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