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Lesabendio Paperback – 1 Nov 2012


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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Wakefield Press (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984115595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984115594
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,271,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Written in 1913, Lesabéndio is equal parts philosophy and science fiction that mines an eternal debate: what is more valuable, construction in the name of science or creation in the name of art? For those pondering a professional future beyond their humanities educations, Scheerbart weighs the importance of technical discovery, aesthetic progress, and collaboration between artists and scientists. Bonus: Lesabéndio is one of the most original alien characters out there.--Katherine Brooks "Huffington Post "

Wakefield provides us with another top notch translation... An electrifying read.--Ian Baran "New York Public Library "

Written in 1913, Lesabendio is equal parts philosophy and science fiction that mines an eternal debate: what is more valuable, construction in the name of science or creation in the name of art? For those pondering a professional future beyond their humanities educations, Scheerbart weighs the importance of technical discovery, aesthetic progress, and collaboration between artists and scientists. Bonus: Lesabendio is one of the most original alien characters out there.--Katherine Brooks "Huffington Post "

A long-neglected German proto-Dadist, Scheerbart (1863-1915) has been rediscovered recently in Euro-American art and literary circles. This handsome edition of his Lesabendio is the latest sign of this recovery. The novel was first published in 1913, near the end of Scheerbart's life, is the most celebrated of his science fictions. Over 25 years, Scheerbart had published fantastic novels and stories with astral, orientalist, and political settings; newspaper sketches; poetry, including the very first sound poem; theatre pieces; and quirky tracts on architecture, politics, and science. He was one of the great early modernist stylists; if the prose of the novels is generally less radical than his major nonfictions previously translated into English-- Glass Architecture, The Perpetual Motion Machine, Aerial Militarism-- it nevertheless always sparkles. Svendsen's translation does this novel justice. Mostly, though, the luxurious flights of fancy are what captivate readers in this thought-provoking, gently satirical tale of life on the asteriod Pallas, starring a visionary (Lesabendio) whose technological and spiritual ambitions set in motion momentous changes for his fellow Pallasians. The original edition contained illustrations by the expressionist Alfred Kubin, which Scheerbart disliked; they are reproduced here, but in an appendix, a tactful editorial decision.--Christina Svedsen "Choice "

Lesabendio is an essential text and Scheerbart is a prophet in need of disinterment.--Erik Morse "LA Review of Books "


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