Hentea's biography succeeds in capturing the effervescence of its subject, without being willing to take Tzara invariably at his own word; rarely succeeding, thankfully, in pinning him down, it does catch, in flashes, his essence like lightning in a bottle as he speeds by on his celestial adventures. Bookslut It is rather shocking that it took almost a 100 years after the 'official' 1916 start of Dada in Zurich for a first comprehensive biography to be published in English on its main instigator Tristan Tzara. Beautifully designed and with a title worthy of this poet that points to his first ever published book La Premiere Aventure celeste de Monsieur Antipyrine, it makes for a truly enticing read. -- Edith Doove Leonardo Reviews The antics of the Dadaists, at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich in 1916 and after the war in various European cities, are notorious. What they actually signified is more problematic, and there is much to be learnt from this carefully documented and extensively illustrated biography of the Rumanian-born Tristan Tzara, who played a key role in the movement. -- Ian Birchall Review 31 Marius Hentea has gone into a great deal of detail to tell Tzara's story and his book is well-researched (there are fifty pages of notes) and is a mine of information about Dada and surrealist events, little magazines, small-presses, and a variety of ephemeral publications. -- Jim Burns The Northern Review of Books TaTa Dada offers a treasure trove of local insights (including the old riddle of the origins of the "Tristan Tzara" moniker), but the book comes into its own as a reassessment of the history of Dada itself -- of the movement's origins, as well as of its often contradictory artistic aims. Besides its considerable merits as a biography and an astute historical account of Dadaism, Hentea's book offers a much-needed re-evaluation of the place of the Central European avant-gardes in the development of what we have come to call, in reductive shorthand, "modernism." Modernism/ModernityRezension:
Hentea's biography succeeds in capturing the effervescence of its subject, without being willing to take Tzara invariably at his own word; rarely succeeding, thankfully, in pinning him down, it does catch, in flashes, his essence like lightning in a bottle as he speeds by on his celestial adventures. Bookslut
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Buchbeschreibung The MIT Press Okt 2014, 2014. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. 226x177x32 mm. Neuware - As the leader of Dada, Tzara created 'the moment art changed forever.' But, Hentea shows, Tzara and Dada were not coterminous. Tzara went on to publish more than fifty books; he wrote one of the great poems of surrealism; he became a recognized expert on primitive art; he was an active antifascist, a communist, and (after the Soviet repression of the Hungarian Revolution) a former communist. Hentea offers a detailed exploration of Tzaras early life in Romania, neglected by other scholars; a scrupulous assessment of the Dada years; and an original examination of Tzaras life and works after Dada. The one thing that remained constant through all of Tzaras artistic and political metamorphoses, Hentea tells us, was a desire to unlock the secrets and mysteries of language. 360 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780262027540