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Glass! Love!! Perpetual Motion!!!: A Paul Scheerbart Reader

Glass! Love!! Perpetual Motion!!!: A Paul Scheerbart Reader (Hardback)

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German writer, critic, and theorist Paul Scheerbart died nearly a century ago, but his influence is still being felt today. Considered by some a mad eccentric and by others an important visionary in his own time, he is now experiencing a revival thanks to a new generation of scholars who are rightfully situating him in the modernist pantheon. Glass! Love!! Perpetual Motion!!! is the first collection of Scheerbart's multifarious writings to be published in English. In addition to a selection of his fantastical short stories, it includes the influential architectural manifesto Glass Architecture and his literary tour de force Perpetual Motion: The Story of an Invention. The latter, written in the guise of a scientific work (complete with technical diagrams), was taken as such when first published but in reality is a function - albeit one with an important message. Glass! Love!! Perpetual Motion!!! is richly illustrated with period material, much of it never before reproduced, including a selection of artwork by Paul Scheerbart himself.

Accompanying this original material is a selection of essays by scholars, novelists, and film-makers commissioned for this publication to illuminate Scheerbart's importance, then and now, in the worlds of art, architecture, and culture. Coedited by artist Josiah McElheny and Christine Burgin, with new artwork created for this publication by McElheny and beautifully designed by Purtill Family Business, Glass! Love!! Perpetual Motion!!! is a long-overdue monument to a modern master.

Essays & WritingEssays & Journalism Publisher: The University of Chicago Press Publication Date: 14/10/2014 ISBN-13: 9780226203003  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Josiah McElheny is an artist living in New York. Christine Burgin is a publisher of books on art and literature.

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