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Start your review of Mafarka the Futurist. Nov 24, Bertrand rated it it was ok Shelves: , avant-garde , decadence , fiction , france , kitsch , italy , modernism , novel. The concern with unity and coherence characteristic of those movements lead them to translate their disregard for traditional female figures of art love poetry, nude paintings, etc.

It comes therefore as no surprise to find in the titular Mafarka's struggles a vociferous rejection of the "debilitating" and pacifying effects of romantic love, and of what Marinetti conceives as its only harbinger: women. A closer examination of the futurist corpus and history, as well as quick survey of the feminist histories concerned with the movement, will reveal a much more complex and ambivalent position. To keep it short and sweet I will stick to Lucia Re's excellent reading here taken from her essay on Benedetta Cappa, "Impure Abstraction: Benedetta as visual artist and novelist" but there is a wealth of litterature on the issue most notably Barbara Spackmann and Cinzia Blum-Santini : The first futurism between and to which Mafarka clearly belongs, despite blatant and brutal misogyny, later attracted many women, and many feminitsts among those.

This Re identifies as a resulting from its rejection of women as a subject of representation, and its ultra-virilist emphasis on homo-sociality and masculine bodies. Freed from the male gaze women in futurism in particular, and in the avant-gardes in general, where no longer committed to objectification and otherness, as they were in pure abstraction or in symbolist painting for example, and could become actors and producers of art.

I would add that Marinetti's love for the grotesque see his "Roi Bombance" must be understood as mitigating his pronouncements, as should the performative character of his movement. Paradoxically, futurism had many progressive effects on Italian society, before its insecure attention-seeking left it but a rotting puppet in the hands of the Fascist regime. The liberation of woman as an artist, the collapsing of the frontier between popular and high culture, or the recognition of the public sphere as a space for performance, are but a few examples.

Unfortunately, all those qualities do not suffice to make Mafarka a worthwhile read: I really wanted to love the book, but there is rather little to salvage here. As Re mentions, futurist stylistic devices prove more suited to poetry or short prose than to long and constructed fictions like novels.

There, boisterous emptiness of many futurist proclamations is generally mitigated by their social, political or cultural context. Here, Marinetti abstracted his tale by placing it in some orientalist wet-dream, which leaves his reader with little of interest save for the monolithic, obsessional, bumptious portrayal of a theme that was by then already old and treated much better elsewhere: vitalism.

Jan 04, Andrew rated it it was amazing. Mafarka the Futurist has been my favorite novel for years. English speaking readers are privileged to have such a fine translation with notes available of an unfortunately obscure piece of literature. I suspect the bulk of negative reviews are from people who, much like a previous poster admitted, haven't actually read Mafarka the Futurist.

It's a shame too, as they're missing out on an entertaining and important piece of literature from a significant historic figure, no less , marginalized b Mafarka the Futurist has been my favorite novel for years. It's a shame too, as they're missing out on an entertaining and important piece of literature from a significant historic figure, no less , marginalized by contemporary critics and modern historians.

Mafarka is as shocking as it is hysterical. Marinetti leaves little to the imagination with his sometimes unorthodox prose though Mafarka contains a much more tradition narrative and overall style than many of his later works.

The frank depiction of violence and debauchery in his heavily stylized turn of the century Egypt may be off-putting to modern readers accustomed to the sensitivity of modern writers - ironic, as Marinetti himself always considered his work exemplative of the artistic future of the world. That being said, it's a unique and highly entertaining romp through a world unlike our own, perhaps unlike anyone's but the denizens of Marinetti's mind.

If you can look past the distracting bullet points of online reviewers about the symbolic and often fantastic elements of the plot you'll find an engrossing and absolutely thrilling read - unlike anything else in print, from Marinetti's time or our own. Moralism and bigotry should not be the lenses through which one reads this book. It is a masterpiece for the incredible metaphors and craftsmanship in playing with words.

Much closer to a poem than a novel, it showcases Nietzschean misogyny and brutality, certain settings are willingly and rightly disturbing in order to point to a higher level of self, devoid of lowly passions, sentimental cravings, needs. The author and the book went on trial in for obscenity; the Italian edition by Mondad Moralism and bigotry should not be the lenses through which one reads this book.

The author and the book went on trial in for obscenity; the Italian edition by Mondadori contains an appendix with Marinetti's lawyers defence debates. It is a masterpiece of legal oratory well worth reading. Shelves: french-lit , italian-literature. Mafarka est bel et bien une oeuvre importante mais tellement detestable. I hesitate to call this a novel as it more precisely belongs in the category of manifestos disguised as novels. Regardless, here we see Marinetti's most expansive and belabored rendition of his new movement, in the form of mass rape, murder and pillage.

A divinity allegedly emerges from this poorly executed screed of violence and war, yet for all its Nietzschean pretensions, Mafarka fails to approximate even the other pseudo-Nietzschean fiction of its era see, for instance, D'Annunzio. What is I hesitate to call this a novel as it more precisely belongs in the category of manifestos disguised as novels. What is important, or recognized by some as important in Marinetti's thin book, is its break with Naturalism, a recognition which is the equivalent of praising a fire for its intensity as it engulfs a museum.

In sum, this hasty work of literary arson merits a mere nod for its formal contrivance, spite for its silly philosophical pretense and perhaps a serious explanation of Marinetti's Orientalism a term I use here in the reciprocal sense that E. Said used it, to denote an "exchange". Nov 11, Eva D. I don't even know where to begin with this book. It's Marinetti's insane fantasy about man machines.

The writing is so hilariously bad and over the top that you can't help but laugh as you page through it. Nov 27, Sarah added it. I'm not actually reading this book I'm perusing it for a paper I'm writing on futurism and reproduction. Marinetti writes about a guy who hates women so much that we wants to have his own child without them. So he makes one. In the shape of an airplane. Oct 23, A. Umm, no. Jul 01, Ernest Ialongo rated it liked it. This book is exactly what people have said it is.

The only real surprise is that a book charged with being obscene has very little obscenity in it. Jan 16, Katrinka rated it did not like it.

Orientalist chauvinism and schmalz wrapped up in one tiresome whole. Seemed as if Marinetti here, at least fancied himself the 20th-century incarnation of Nietzsche, but missed the mark entirely. Karl Ivan Farthegn rated it liked it Dec 29, Brendan Connell rated it really liked it Feb 26, Valerio Pampanoni rated it it was amazing Jan 03, Adriana rated it liked it Sep 04, Andrea Faustinoni rated it liked it Apr 03, Foetuseater rated it really liked it Dec 08, Riivaa rated it liked it Oct 23, Kat rated it it was ok Dec 03, James Ketchum rated it it was amazing Dec 16, Lazaros Kalogirou rated it liked it Jun 21, Leviathan rated it liked it Aug 03,


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