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The Revenge for Love [Hardcover]

Wyndham Lewis , Reed Way Dasenbrock
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1 July 1991

Published in the shadow of the Spanish Civil War, The Revenge for Love is a political thriller attacking the fraudulence and feeble-mindedness of life in the Britain of the 1930s. A brilliant satire on a world that has lost its sense of self and been seduced by the appeal of Communism, it is one of a handful of books (it could be compared to Orwell's Coming Up for Air or Koestler's Darkness at Noon) which defined a particular mood and to today's audience gives an unparalleled sense of how Europe turned toxic on the eve of the Second World War.

A major statement by a great artist and writer The Revenge for Love now deserves a new generation of readers and is the perfect introduction to Lewis's work.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Black Sparrow Press,U.S.; New edition edition (1 July 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876858299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876858295
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.4 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,893,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wyndham Lewis was born in 1882 and died in 1957. Before the First World War he was at the heart of the British avant-garde and creator of Vorticism and Blast. He fought in the artillery during the war, a time recalled in his memoir Blasting and Bombadiering. His major novels include Tarr, The Apes of God, Rotting Hill, The Revenge for Love, The Childermass and Self-Condemned. His paintings and drawings are held in many collections around the world, most notably Tate Britain. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sex and Politics 17 Sep 2009
A sardonic look at upper class lefties in the 30s. Brutal prose. Lewis understands the darkness of the human heart as well as, say, Green or Waugh, he writes as well, but here he is, neglected as ever, even on Amazon (where people would review an elephant's fart) without a review - at least til I have stepped in. If you are considering a Lewis book, this (along with Tarr and Snooty Baronet) is one of his most readable.

Very modern style - doesn't date at all. Lewis's art is good too. He is misanthropic, I'll concede. If you are looking for a writer full of the milk of human kindness, then, Wyndham is not for you. On the other hand if you think might enjoy the company of a prose master, with a healthy contempt for the apes of god Lewis is your man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative genius 30 April 2013
This is an amazingly honest work that belittles and bares the fierce class-hatred the English bourgeosie harbour for their own peasants and plebs and which hatred they mask by their Socialist and Liberal and indeed,Tory adoration for minorities which is worse today than ever before to the point of genocide in the absence of wastrel wars...one of the best and/or worst scenes is where one of the champagne Communists,todays lobster thermidor Trade Union bosses,sets a dog on an ex-soldier cripple and a very bitter,honest and insightful book it is and all the better it is...in fact,it's masculine,something that Lewis was and for which he paid with the vindictive eclipse of his later,blinder years...he was an amazing draughtsman and a great artist and genius but try this pitchy bleakness for yourself-twee it isn't and neither Bronte nor chic-lit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Revenge of Love 29 Mar 2000
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I love the refutation on this book it brought great analyzing terms. The thesis was quiet hard to relate to the title. I found it quiet interesting.
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