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By Witold Gombrowicz

ISBN-10: 0300132069

ISBN-13: 9780300132069

In a small literary gem jam-packed with sardonic wit, exceptional insights, and provocative feedback Witold Gombrowicz discusses Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Heidegger in six "one-hour" essays—and addresses Marxism in a "fifteen-minute" piece.

"Who hasn't wanted for a painless approach to discover what the large photographs of philosophy—Hegel and Kant, Nietzsche and Sartre—thought of the human ? It hasn't ever been effortless studying such ambitious thinkers, and such a lot explainers and textbooks both go wrong or bloodbath the language. So think my excitement in beginning Witold Gombrowicz's consultant to Philosophy in Six Hours and Fifteen mins, a great attempt at summarizing strategies in daring, declarative sentences...[This ebook] is just like the direction in philosophy you need you had taken."—David Lehman, Bloomberg News

"A needs to for each reader of Gombrowicz."—Denis Hollier, ny college

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It. It is even more unaccountable, given Cruickshank’s profession, that he should have omitted to mention the decisive role played in the whole conception of the Casa Malaparte by its architect, Adalberto Libera. One of Europe’s most visionary architectural modernists, Libera’s career flourished under Fascism and, had the war not intervened, would have been crowned by the construction of the audaciously modernist arch he designed to dominate the vast site of EUR ’42, the Exhibition of the Universality of Rome planned for 1942.

This foible accounts for a remarkable moment on the evening of 15 February 1938 when he went backstage with Hermann Goering at the Scala Theatre, Berlin, to congratulate the internationally acclaimed English band-leader, Jack Hylton, whose tour was breaking all Germany’s box-office records that spring. ) This was no lapsus on 30 Modernism and Fascism Goebbels’ part, for the event had been ‘cleansed’ in advance. 36 Moreover, Goebbels’ patronage was officially portrayed as showing his support not for Jazz (which was classified ‘decadent’) but Swing (which was ‘life-asserting’): more on this anon.

Such atrocities, he is at pains to stress, have been committed not just by fascist, communist, and nationalist regimes, but take place in so-called ‘liberal’ democracies as well. ’ He commented: ‘It will not be long before we are forced to acknowledge that the German Expres- The Paradoxes of ‘Fascist Modernism’ 25 sionists who called for murder were not the only avant-garde artists. 24 With such comments Virilio turns on its head the assumption that a truly avant-garde art-form such as Futurism can have no genuine affinity with a fascist regime.

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