Tarr

ISBN-10: 0199567204
ISBN-13: 9780199567201
Edition: 2010
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Description: 'The nearest the general run get to art is Action: sex is their form of art: the battle for existence is their picture.'Tarr tells the blackly comic story of the lives and loves of two artists, played out against the backdrop of Paris before the  More...

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Book details

List price: $9.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 9/9/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

'The nearest the general run get to art is Action: sex is their form of art: the battle for existence is their picture.'Tarr tells the blackly comic story of the lives and loves of two artists, played out against the backdrop of Paris before the start of the First World War - the English enfant terrible Frederick Tarr, and the middle-aged German Otto Kreisler, a failed painter who finds himself in a widening spiral of militaristic self-destruction. When both become interested in the same two women - Bertha Lunken, a conventional German, and Anastasya Vasek, the ultra-modern internationaldevotee of 'swagger sex' - Wyndham Lewis sets the stage for a scathing satire of national and social pretensions, the fraught relationship between men and women, and the incompatibilities of art and life. In his introduction and notes Scott W. Klein explores Lewis's stylistic experimentation within the context of avant-garde movements in painting, and offers new insights into Tarr as a work of mordent wit and enduringly ferocious irony.

Wydham Lewis: November 18, 1882 -- March 7, 1957 Distinguished and highly original, Wyndham Lewis was known for his sharp wit and sardonic insight. A modern master of satire, Lewis was born off the coast of Nova Scotia in his English father's yacht on November 18, 1882, and grew up in England with his mother. He was associated with Roger Fry and Ezra Pound on the vorticist magazine, Blast (1914--1915). Lewis served in France in World War I, and his dynamic paintings of war scenes soon gained him wide recognition for his art, now represented in the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. After the publication of his naturalistic novel Tarr (1918), he became prominent as a writer. His major work of fiction is The Human Age (1955--56). He also wrote Doom of Youth, The Hitler Cult, and The Jews, Are They Human? Lewis died in London on March 7, 1957.

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