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The Futurist Syndrome

Un libro in lingua di David Ohana edito da Intl Specialized Book Service Inc, 2010

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Ohana (modern European history, Ben-Gurion U. of the Negev, Israel) concludes his The Nihilist Order trilogy, consisting of The Dawn of Political Nihilism, Homo Mythicus, and this work. Together, they investigate the connections between nihilism and totalitarianism in the historical development of the European radical right and radical left. Here, he focuses on aesthetic aspects through an analysis of the futurist movements in Italy, Russia, and Britain associated respectively with the figures of Filippo Marinetti, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and Wyndham Lewis. In each, he finds the intellectual, cultural, mythical, and political elements of the "futurist syndrome." These elements include "destruction of the past and contempt for history, glorification of modern dynamism and political violence, a cult of the future and innovation, and the creation of an ex nihilo myth." Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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