Bayamus and Cardinal Polatuo: Two Novels

Bayamus and Cardinal Polatuo: Two Novels

by Stefan Themerson
     
 
This is the first U.S. publication of two riotous novels by the Polish-born British writer Stefan Themerson (1910-1988), who with his wife Franciszka ran the Gaberbocchus Press in London. Gaberbocchus published both Kurt Schwitters and Bertrand Russell--and these extremes unite in Themerson’s highly individual brand of philosophical Dadaism. Bayamus recounts the

Overview

This is the first U.S. publication of two riotous novels by the Polish-born British writer Stefan Themerson (1910-1988), who with his wife Franciszka ran the Gaberbocchus Press in London. Gaberbocchus published both Kurt Schwitters and Bertrand Russell--and these extremes unite in Themerson’s highly individual brand of philosophical Dadaism. Bayamus recounts the adventures of a self-proclaimed mutant with three legs (one is attached to a roller skate) and his efforts to propogate a new species; it includes an instructive visit to the “Theatre of Semantic Poetry,” where old rhymes mutate into new truths. Cardinal Pölätüo is the biography of Apollinaire’s anonymous father, who turns out to be a ecclesiast with a murderous interest in poetry, a faith based on science, and a dreamlife so frankly obscene that only a dictionary of Freudian symbols can explain its innocence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781878972217
Publisher:
Exact Change
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Writer, scholar, and artist Keith Waldrop is co-editor of Burning Deck Press and directs the Graduate Writing Program at Brown University. Some of his books inlcude Hegel's Family, A Ceremony Somwehere Else, and The Space of Half an Hour. Bomb marks the debut of his collages in collaboration with Clark Coolidge.

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