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Railway Reflections: A Unique Collection of Photographs from the '30s
Railway Reflections: A Unique Collection of Photographs from the '30s
by F.C.Le Manquais
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not very impressive, 20 Nov. 2012
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This book would have had a greater impact if the photographs would have been printed in a bigger size, at least some of them. On the other hand, the information throughout the text is very consistent and documented. Good for those with a real passion for railway history.


Ball and Hammer: Hugo Ball's "Tenderenda the Fantast"
Ball and Hammer: Hugo Ball's "Tenderenda the Fantast"
by Jonathan Hammer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The carousel of words, 25 Jun. 2012
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There are very few books in this world that are able to mislead, amuse, sadden and revolt the readers in the way that Tenderenda does.
Highly recommended for those who search the multi-rooted carapace of words in areas where the concepts and logics are failing us. This is a proto-surreal multi-layered story in which Ball continuously multiplies the masks that are deforming the identity of the Knight of the Glossy Paper, of Mulche Mulche, of Bilbo, of Johann the Carousel Horse, the Roasted Poet, names that appear in conjunction with a plurality of states of disquiet that are challenging the very nature of the human being.
This book is essential for the understanding of the 20th century artistic and philosophical thought, as this might be the last highly tormented metaphysical cry of revolt against contemporary atrocities.
The short novel is followed by an interesting essay signed by Jonathan Hammer; together with his drawings that accompany the text of Hugo Ball, Hammer is offering us an esoteric and revisionist interpretation of Zurich DADA based on 3 cultural and religious phenomena: the Kabbalah, the Rosicrucian franc-masonry and the ambivalence of the gnostic views.
Definitely, this book is not an easy reading, and it's not for everyone as it provides us only with the glimpse of a possibility to go through a spiritual experience that circumnavigates the world we feel and the words we use as if the smokes of the ancient shamanistic fires have finally impregnated the walls of Reason with the utterances of a powerless, ever-changing chant.


ENCYCLOPAEDIA ACEPHALICA: Writers Associated with George Bataille and the Acephale Group (Atlas Arkhive: Documents of the Avant-Garde)
ENCYCLOPAEDIA ACEPHALICA: Writers Associated with George Bataille and the Acephale Group (Atlas Arkhive: Documents of the Avant-Garde)
by Georges Bataille
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little book of the Big toe, 6 Jan. 2012
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If one ever feels the need to go deeper into the labyrinth of thought that Bataille has made possible, then this is the book to start with. From dark humour to random polyphonic associations of ideas, objects and fragments of thoughts never accomplished, this book will force you out of your traditional, conventional way of being in the world.
The richness of this book goes far beyond the modernist boundaries of Dadaism or Surrealism, even beyond the well-known counter-cultural critical theories widely thought in universities nowadays. The obscurities of phrases, the absurdities of some ideas, the joyful cynicism of the prose (especially of the second part, the DaCosta Encyclopedique) will cover your brain with an undefined and unfinished desire to continue or to suddenly stop a certain experience, to disseminate an incomplete thought in the flesh, to cut the moon's eye with the sharp blade of an obscure emotion, and so on and so forth.
I strongly encourage you to assimilate this book, to keep it safe in the hidden drawers of your spirit and in return it will never let you go, waiting patiently for your sovereign death to occur.


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