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Art and Life in Modernist Prague Karel Capek and His Generation, 1911-1938

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ISBN-10: 0230113621

ISBN-13: 9780230113626

Edition: 2013

Authors: Thomas Ort

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In most contemporary historical writing, the picture of modern life in Habsburg Central Europe is rather gloomy. Centered on Vienna in the twilight years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, it is the story of the failure of rationalism and the rise of a politics of fantasy culminating in protofascist movements. This book tells a different story, focusing on the generation of Czech writers and artists distinguished by their optimistic view of the world in the years before the First World War. These figures, most notably Karel Capek, greeted the collapse of the Habsburg monarchy not with despair and trepidation but with a sense of hope and liberation, and their early vitalism and anti-rationalism…    
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Book details

List price: $100.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 5/14/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 258
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Prague 1911: The Cubist City
Between Life and Form: Karel Capek and the Prewar Modernist Generation
The Lessons of Life: Karel Capek and the First World War
Art ≠ Life: The Capek Generation and Devetsil in Interwar Czechoslovakia
The Self as Empty Space and Crowd: Karel Capek and the Czechoslovak Condition