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Untameables
     

Untameables

by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Luigi Ballerini (Introduction), Jeremy Parzen (Translator)
 

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"How could one define The Untameables? Adventure novel? symbolic poetry? science fiction? fable? philosophical-social vision? None of these categories fits. It's a free-word book. Nude crude synthesizing. Simultaneous polychromatic polyhumourous. Vast violent dynamic." So F.T. Marinetti the founder, theoretician, and ringleader of Italian Futurism, describes

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"How could one define The Untameables? Adventure novel? symbolic poetry? science fiction? fable? philosophical-social vision? None of these categories fits. It's a free-word book. Nude crude synthesizing. Simultaneous polychromatic polyhumourous. Vast violent dynamic." So F.T. Marinetti the founder, theoretician, and ringleader of Italian Futurism, describes his fiction. Well know for his manifestoes, polemical writings, and theatrical arts (collected in Let's Murder the Moonshine), Marinetti here reveals his playful side. The adventures of Vokur, Mirmofim, and the Untameables, engaged in loony combat in the land of the Paper People, makes for hilarious reading. It is a portrait of the modern world in flux, of gearshifts, bayonets, electronic light signboards, and "spotlights inscribing acetylene words." Comparing Marinetti's fiction with the great literary experimentation of the second half of the nineteenth century and with twentieth-century prose innovators such as Gadda, Delfini, and Landolfi, critic and scholar Luigi Ballerini reveals the full significance of this new translation of The Untameables. As opposed to the more psychologically based modernism of James, Proust, Woolf, and Mann, Marinetti's writing pushes narrative limits and creates a fiction more at home, perhaps, in our postmodern context than in 1922, the time of its first publication.

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Kathleen Hughes
Marinetti, founder of the Italian futurists, first published this novel in 1922. Parzen's new translation offers modern readers a taste of Marinetti's unorthodox writing. "The Untamables" has an imaginative, fantastic, freakishly surreal plot, centering on a group of criminals and miscreants called the "Untamables," who are chained together and kept prisoner at the bottom of a pit on a desert island. The island is ruled by the "Paper People," a race of cone-shaped people who wear hats made of books. As the story goes on, the prisoners and their guards become infused with brotherly love and go to the aid of the long-suffering factory workers at the island paper mill. This novel is a great example of futurist style and theory put into practice, and it will appeal to those who favor more absurdist literature. However, Marinetti's penchant for "free-word" composition and the endlessly odd plot machinations may prove distracting for some readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557130648
Publisher:
Sun & Moon Press
Publication date:
03/28/1994
Series:
Sun and Moon Classics Series , #28
Pages:
88
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.48(h) x 0.67(d)

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