Sam Dunn Is Dead: Futurist Novel

Sam Dunn Is Dead Futurist Novel Sam Dunn is Dead was described by its author Bruno Corra as a Futurist Novel and was first published in book form by Filippo Marinetti s Edizioni Futuriste in Yet one will search in vai

  • Title: Sam Dunn Is Dead: Futurist Novel
  • Author: Bruno Corra Rosa Rosa John Walker
  • ISBN: 9780993148705
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sam Dunn is Dead was described by its author Bruno Corra 1892 1976 as a Futurist Novel and was first published in book form by Filippo Marinetti s Edizioni Futuriste in 1915 Yet one will search in vain for any mention of this work in anthologies of Futurism The novel s erasure is doubtless because it is so unlike anything else produced by Futurism an ardent, mascu Sam Dunn is Dead was described by its author Bruno Corra 1892 1976 as a Futurist Novel and was first published in book form by Filippo Marinetti s Edizioni Futuriste in 1915 Yet one will search in vain for any mention of this work in anthologies of Futurism The novel s erasure is doubtless because it is so unlike anything else produced by Futurism an ardent, masculine, positive and absurdly serious movement Sam Dunn is Dead, a small masterpiece of black humor, is none of these things.Not only is Sam Dunn at once funny, despairing, cerebral and ludicrous, it also traces a history in miniature of the modern spirit It commences with a description of its eponymous hero, a languid 1890s poet who is about to unleash a thoroughly contemporary apocalypse upon the world Subsequent chapters could be mistaken for Dadaist or Surrealist texts but written a decade before their time , and then the whole edifice is fatally undermined by forces that are both banal and unusual to avoid revealing too much Corra subsequently considered his novel a failure, but today his sensitivity to the great undertows of history seems alarmingly prescient, and neither opinion should interfere with the reader s simple enjoyment of this novel s deliriously ebullient nihilism.

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    1. This totally obscure "Futurist Novel" by Bruno Corra, himself a very obscure Italian author, is a beautiful entrance from the 19th century sensibilities and into the 20th century wonder. Written in 1914, and published by the Italian Futurist Filippo Marinetti, in 1915. This brief 'novel' captures the moment where everything is possible, and the imagination is limitless. There is a magnificent chapter "Paris Driven Crazy" where the beloved capital of taste, becomes a loony toon cartoon. Objects r [...]

    2. A brief novel that can be read in any one of a number of ways: as a parody of nascent science-fiction (published in 1915, it's set in the late 1940s and early 1950s); as an exercise in stretching imaginative capabilities to their limits, with no regard for traditional canons of taste or morality (a discipline the Surrealists would later practice); or as a complete proto-Fascist novel of Creative Heroism (c.f. Gabriele D'Annunzio), only compressed and condensed into its most basic outline, an Al [...]

    3. I haven’t decided if this is a late Symbolist novel written by an Italian Futurist dandy before what constituted “Futurism” was codified, or if it is an ironic parody of the Symbolist novel by a knowing Italian Futurist dandy. In any case, it’s hilarious.

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