Destruction Was My Beatrice Dada and the Unmaking of the Twentieth Century


Destruction Was My Beatrice Dada and the Unmaking of the Twentieth Century

Destruction Was My Beatrice: Dada and the Unmaking of the Twentieth Century By Jed Rasula
English | Basic Books in 2015 | ISBN-10: 0465089968 | 384 pages | PDF | 11.36 MB

"In 1916, as World War I raged around them, a group of bohemians gathered at a small cabaret in Zurich, Switzerland. After decorating the walls with art by Picasso and other avant-garde artists, they embarked on a series of extravagant performances. Three readers simultaneously recited a poem in three languages; a monocle-wearing teenager performed a spell from New Zealand; another young man sneered at the audience, snapping a whip as he intoned his "Fantastic Prayers." One of the artists called these sessions "both buffoonery and a requiem mass." Soon they would have a more evocative name: Dada."



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