Critical Writings: New Edition

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Macmillan, Oct 3, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 549 pages
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The Futurist movement was founded and promoted by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, beginning in 1909 with the First Futurist Manifesto, in which he inveighed against the complacency of "cultural necrophiliacs" and sought to annihilate the values of the past, writing that "there is no longer any beauty except the struggle. Any work of art that lacks a sense of aggression can never be a masterpiece." In the years that followed, up until his death in 1944, Marinetti, through both his polemical writings and his political activities, sought to transform society in all its aspects. As GŁnter Berghaus writes in his introduction, "Futurism sought to bridge the gap between art and life and to bring aesthetic innovation into the real world. Life was to be changed through art, and art was to become a form of life."

This volume includes more than seventy of Marinetti's most important writings—many of them translated into English for the first time—offering the reader a representative and still startling selection of texts concerned with Futurist art, literature, politics, and philosophy.

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You, too, will soon yearn to lay flowers at the base of the Giaconda! A fantastically dense collection of Marinetti's work. The notes on the text are unobtrusive and generally helpful. Marinetti's voice shines through to be read and appreciated, despite his fanatical political and social views. But really, isn't the controversy what makes this interesting to this day? 

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F. T. Marinetti was born in Egypt in 1876 and died in Italy in 1944. GŁnter Berghaus is now a senior research fellow at the University of Bristol in England and the author of more than a dozen scholarly books.

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