Modernities and Other Writings

Modernities and Other Writings

by Blaise Cendrars
     
 


Blaise Cendrars was the pseudonym of Frederic-Louis Sauser (1887-1961), a Swiss-born poet and novelist. A contemporary of Apollinaire and Max Jacob, and a friend of Chagall and Modigliani, he must be reckoned with as a prophetic voice. Of all the avant-garde writers, he was the one most attuned to our age; hence the title of this collection of his short prose…  See more details below

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Blaise Cendrars was the pseudonym of Frederic-Louis Sauser (1887-1961), a Swiss-born poet and novelist. A contemporary of Apollinaire and Max Jacob, and a friend of Chagall and Modigliani, he must be reckoned with as a prophetic voice. Of all the avant-garde writers, he was the one most attuned to our age; hence the title of this collection of his short prose works.

Modernities represents the poet at his most intense. The seven essays consider modern artists, many of them his friends and associates, and their altered relations to a new world of communications technology, advertising, and mass politics. These essays are daring and inventive in their expression of the sense of simultaneity—far more so than the "official" artistic manifestoes of their period, the first quarter of the twentieth century. Because most of the selections have never before been translated and have been hard to find, this volume brings to the English-language reader for the first time an essential part of the European voice of the avant-garde.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803214392
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska
Publication date:
10/28/1992
Series:
French Modernist Library Series
Pages:
134
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.83(d)
Lexile:
1190L (what's this?)

Meet the Author


Monique Chefdor, founder of the Blaise Cendrars International Society, is the author of Blaise Cendrars (1980) and editor of Blaise Cendrars-Jacques Henry Levesque, 1924-1959 in the Oeuvres complètes de Blaise Cendrars (1991). She has had an international scholarly career with teaching assignments in Africa, England, and the United States. She now teaches comparative literature at the University of Picardy in Amiens, France. Her cotranslator, Esther Allen, received her Ph. D. in comparative literature from New York University in 1991 and is also the translator of Octavio Paz's Xavier Villaurrutia: Hieroglyphs of Desire.

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