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Marinetti: Selected Writings

by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

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Being a choice of the outrageous founder of the Futurist movement in literature. This is a good selection of the short essays he called "Manifestos", his novel The Untamables, and his memoirs. The best of his writing is outstanding and one can see what an influence he was on a lot of 20th century avantist writing. The novel is by far the best portion of the book; it is unique in its abstracted, absurdist plot plot and carefully unstrucyured syntax, yet reminiscent of the French decadent poets of the nineteenth century, the, late Nietzsche of Thus Spake Zarathustra, and the early work of his British contemporaries Yeats and Wyndham Lewis. The manifestos read fairly well, too, but the memoirs are not nearly as interesting or readable; he does nothing to make the long-forgotten figures and events he describes come alive, and ending the book with such a dreary slog left an unpleasing aftertaste. ( )
  Big_Bang_Gorilla | Apr 19, 2011 |
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