Mafarka the Futurist: An African Novel

Middlesex University Press, 1998 - 206 Seiten
"Dazzling and disturbing, Marinetti's 'great fire-brand novel' recounts the erotic and exotic exploits of the warlord Mafarka in a torrid and highly stylised North Africa. When the novel was first published (the French version in 1909, the Italian in 1910), it was banned for obscenity."--cover.

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ONE The Rape of the Negresses
TWO The Ruse of MafarkaelBar
THREE The Sun Dogs

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Born in Egypt and educated in Paris, Marinetti gained a reputation as a writer in French long before he launched the "futurist movement" with his manifesto of February 20, 1909, in Le Figaro. Proclaiming an ideal of "words in liberty," that manifesto elicited high praise from Wyndham Lewis, Guillaume Apollinaire, Ezra Pound, and D. H. Lawrence, as well as the Italians Aldo Palazzeschi, Giovanni Papini, and Ardengo Soffici. After his French works were translated into Italian, he was arrested and spent two months in an Italian jail for immorality. Despite the notoriety of his first manifesto, the subsequent Technical Manifesto of 1912 epitomizes the essence of futurism: the glorification of war, masculinity, violence, and the machine. As William De Sua correctly wrote: "Of all his works, the Technical Manifesto alone should secure his place among such figures as Pablo Picasso, Ezra Pound, Igor Stravinsky, and Guillaume Apollinaire as one of the greatest movers and shapers of modern art."

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