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A facsimile edition of the first issue of the 'Blast', which documents in its in original format the raw energy, violent humor, graphic inventiveness and intellectual hard edge of the most compelling and vital magazine project of the modernist movement.
Paperback, 175 pages
Published November 1st 1981 by Black Sparrow Press (first published 1914)
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Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wyndham Lewis's artistic and literary movement, Vorticism, found its outlet in Blast, a periodical that included works by Ezra Pound and Ford Madox Ford (among others).

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Ewan Davis
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
An incredible piece of hybrid art and literature. Way ahead of its time, but equally, capturing a paradoxically overlooked zeitgeist. Lewis (and others) ride the crest of early 20th-century revolution, in the ways that words can become art. Some of it is painfully boring. Some makes no sense. Some of it screams to be taken so seriously it becomes comedy, and elsewhere comedy is importantly serious. It is masculine, and it is purposeful. It is incredibly refreshing.

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Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've never been a big fan of the modernist movement or the vorticists, however, this short lived quarterly's debut issue is composed of beautiful typography and features a pre-Hitler-sympathizing Ezra Pound.
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An introduction to the short lived art movement of Vorticism, which is quite similar to Futurism, but is really defensive about the fact that it is definitely Not Futurism according to Lewis. They're not about the past OR the future, as those dirty Futurists are. So what are the Vorticists about? After reading their manifesto I still couldn't really tell you, contradiction maybe? Though maybe they'd bless and blast that as well

This volume is a compilation of drawings, plays, poetry and stories,
Octavia Cade
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: art, poetry, short-stories
This has pretty much scraped a 3 star rating from me, rounding up from 2.5. It's obviously a publication designed to be in-your-face and confronting, although that's a hard character to live up to when it's taken out of its contemporary context. From the perspective of me, reading today... I can admire the conviction and still think the execution is ridiculously over-the-top. (It really is hard to take seriously something that starts with a manifesto. I'm sorry, but it is. "We set Humour at Humo ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious. That was what they were going for, right?
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Läste inte Blast som bok, utan en pdf av den faktiska tidningen från 1914. Otroligt speciell. Kan verkligen rekommendera, särskilt om en är intresserad av modernistiska idéströmningar.

Aug 23, 2014 marked it as to-read
ready april
edited by
To be published quarterly...First Number will contain
Story by Wyndham Lewis.
Poems by Ezra Pound.
Reproductions of Drawings, Paintings, and Sculpture
Etchells, Nevinson, Lewis, Hamilton, Brzeska,
Wadsworth, Epstein, Roberts, etc., etc.
Twenty Illustrations
Price 2s. 6d......Annual Subscription 10s. 6d.
American 65 cents...........''.............. $2.50.

Discussion of Cubism, Futurism, Imagisme and all
Vital Forms of Modern Art.
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wyndham Lewis was a wonderful artist, probably my favourite to come out of England. There's very little distinction between his abstract paintings and the layout/dry humour of this publication, a real treat for the eyes. Mark E Smith most definitely grabbed one or two ideas from Lewis and the Vorticists, so Fall fans are guranteed to enjoy this.
Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kristin by: Read for Modernism
Read #1: An interesting read produced during the early modernist period. It has a very avant garde style, as it plays with typeface, spacing, and art. Parts read as manifestoes, while others are more straight-forward short stories, poetry, or plays.

Read #2: Much more from second read through...
Allison Zink-McCormack
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: modernist-works
A truly unique and empowering collection of modernist expression.
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gradschool
Didn't find much to enjoy here other than the segment from "Good Soldier", but the publication's history is more interesting than its literary content.
Susan Lester
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Necessary for the scholar of Vorticism.
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Esoteric, bizarre, inspired, and insane. A wonderful glimpse into the minds of modernism and Vorticism, specifically from Lewis.
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(Percy) Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) was a novelist, painter, essayist, polemicist and one of the truly dynamic forces of the early 20th century and a central figure in the history of modernism. He was the founder of Vorticism, the only original movement in 20th century English painting. His Vorticist paintings from 1913 are the first abstract works produced in England, and influenced the development ...more

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