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Blasting and Bombardiering (Calderbooks) [Paperback]

Wyndham Lewis
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Sep 1970 Calderbooks
This is the autobiography of Wyndham Lewis during his most
creative years, the period before and during the Great War. It reappears
after many years out of print with new material that has been made
available by the author's widow. Wyndham Lewis was in every way an amazing
man: a central figure in the modern movement in art and literature, he was
one of the most renowned painters of the century, a founder of Vorticism,
one of the most original modern writers, and o polemicist of genius, having
devoted much of his life to establishing the work of others. He writes of
his early struggles, his social contacts with other figures of his day and
of the new movements that he did so much to establish. But the war memoirs,
essays and stories that make up a large part of this book are no less
interesting. Above all Wyndham Lewis was a brilliant individualist, lashing
out against complacency and traditionalism, not afraid to criticise his
closest friends when he disagreed with them, and he undoubtedly had many
enemies. Now his novels are being read again after a period of neglect and
this important volume of biographical, critical and fictional writing helps
to show the man behind the Tate Gallery paintings, the polemical review
'Blast' and 'The Human Age', as a colourful, courageous and cocky
individualist, to whom many of the best known creative imaginations in
modern Britain owe a considerable debt.

Product details

  • Paperback: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Calder Publications Ltd; New edition edition (Sep 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714501301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714501307
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 698,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Neglected Masterpiece 31 May 2009
I can't understand why Wyndham Lewis is so neglected, compared to other High Modernists like Pound or Ford. He ain't no Joyce, ok, but he's an excellent writer with a piercing sense of humour. B&B is above all a satirical book, a cynical tour de force which manages to make you laugh after all these years, and that's no mean accomplishment. Moreover, Lewis' style is as fresh and original as anybody may wish for. I suspect that he was somewhat ostracized due to his political ideas (he supported Nazism for several years, but then changed his mind when he realized what Nazism was really about). Maybe it's time to pardon Lewis for writing well...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Throbbing fascism 10 May 2014
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A horse's haunches shiver. Futurism is born in English. Lewis, like Pound, was a card carrying fascist. He views the world very politically, but these futurist fascists loved things so much you will end up stroking your phone screen. Oh, you were already doing that when the phone rang. Good English prose, masculine and disciplined. Except he piddles away in polite nineteenth century prose. Lewis developed a philosophy. More people should read Lewis, his fascism was aesthetic as well as political. His style is everywhere these days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uncommonly excellent 22 Sep 2013
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One of the finest and most unusual works about The War, its aftermath, as well as the arr, artistis, and writers of the period.
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