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Considered the enfant terrible of the Polish avant-garde, lauded by critics and scorned by the public, Bruno Jasieński suddenly declared the end of Futurism in Poland soon after his short “novel” The Legs of Izolda Morgan, appeared in 1923. An extraordinary example of Futurist prose, this fantastic tale explores how the machine has supplanted the human while the human body ...more
Hardcover, 163 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Twisted Spoon Press (first published 1923)
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Bbrown
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
You can tell from the essays in this collection that Bruno Jasienski was fucking unbearable. He was either incredibly far up his own ass or pretending to be to play up his persona as a bleeding-edge artist.* Either way, I'd rather gnaw my own arm off than be stuck hearing him ramble about his philosophy of Polish futurism.

But, for better or worse, you can be utterly intolerable and still be a hell of a writer. Jasienski's I Burn Paris was the best book I read last year, and the short stories in
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May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, twisted-spoon
This book offers a survey of Bruno Jasieński's writing career, starting with his heady days of artistic revolt in the Polish Futurist movement, continuing through his declaration of said movement's end, and on into his time in Russia before WWII. It begins with two Futurist manifestos, which read as what one would expect from such writing: bold and bombastic. And yet, as Jasieński writes, a manifesto is merely 'a threshold to be crossed'. He goes on:
To be sure, the end of every movement is sp
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James
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Four splendid stories, plus 3 deranged Futurist manifestos. Best story is probably 'The Nose', which remixes Gogol's absurdist story as the nightmare of a Nazi racial profiling "scientist" whose nose suddenly turns into the caricature of a Jewish schnozz. ...more
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Bruno Jasienski, born Wiktor Zysman, was a Polish poet and leader of the Polish futurist movement, executed during the Polish operation of the NKVD in the Soviet Union.
He was born to a Polish family of Zysmans with Jewish and German roots, but from his mother's side he was a descendant of nobility. His father, Jakub Zysman, was a local doctor and a social worker, member of the local intelligentsia
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