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Book Title: 1913: The Year Before the Storm|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 36.30 MB
v The author of the book: Florian Illies
Edition: Clerkenwell Press
Date of issue: May 22nd 2014
ISBN 13: 9781847659811
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This is a book to be read in 2013, as a Centennial celebration of that year during which the arts lived in great excitement before they boiled over. There is still time to celebrate the succession of events, episode and snippets that peppered that year of aesthetic fertility.
Illies has traced the activities of the players month by month jumping from anecdote to anecdotes occurring at about the same time. Reading this book therefore reads like a Merry-Go-Round in which colourful figures turn in front of you as you turn the pages, like an imaginary kaleidoscope of artistic flurry. There are musicians, writers, painters, of several nationalities and with peripatetic inclinations. There are also some failed artists who became politicians, as well as thinkers of dreams. There are mostly men, but also some women who made more than one man’s head turn in his own merry-go-round.
And here goes Kafka feeling great anguish, followed by Schoenberg who finds that the tunes in this fair have only seven tones. The beautiful Alma moves ahead with Gropius while Kokoschka runs behind them torn by jealousy. Marc loves the horses in this artifact while Picasso and Kandinsky argue over whether those cardboard figures are really horses or something more abstract. Rilke loves his odes. And nobody notices the sinister figure of Vissariónovich, nor the disgruntled bad artist called Adolf.
Joyce is musing to himself a series of tongue-twisters that make Freud wonder about Joyce’s mother, while Wittgenstein is about to subvert the thinking that could be found in language. And of course this gaudy Merry-Go-Round profoundly dissatisfies Loos who thinks that the future is for more functional entertainment.
The diversion comes to a halt in December, and one can then close the book feeling a bit dizzy with the vibrant spectacle.
And in 2014 we will celebrate another centennial of darker tones. No merriment to go around then.
Note on 9/Jan/2014 - reading The Vertigo Years: Europe 1900-1914, I decided this one deserves half a star less - 3.5.
Read information about the authorAuthor Florian Illies has worked as culture editor for major German newspapers and magazines, and is a co-founder of "Monopol" a magazine for art, literature and lifestyle.
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