The Legs of Izolda Morgan: Selected Writings

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Considered the enfant terrible of the Polish avant-garde, lauded by critics and scorned by the public, Bruno Jasieński suddenly declared the end of Futurism in Poland soon after his short “novel” The Legs of Izolda Morgan appeared in 1923. An extraordinary example of Futurist prose, this fantastic tale cautions against the machine supplanting the human while the human body is disaggregated into fetishized constituent parts. As central to Jasieński's oeuvre, the text is situated here between two seminal manifestoes and the important essay “Polish Futurism,” which signaled the movement’s end in the context of its confused reception in Poland, the towering influence of Mayakovsky, and what set it apart from the futurisms of Italy and Russia. The condensed story “Keys” displays Jasieński’s turn toward satire to lambaste the hypocrisies pervasive in powerful institutions, and this is further developed in the two longer grotesques from his time in the Soviet Union in the 1930s. Translated into English from the Russian for the first time, these two late stories expose the nefarious absurdity of racial persecution and warmongering and the lengths social and political structures will go to underpin them.

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Poet, novelist, playwright, Futurist, Catastrophist, Bruno Jasieński was born Wiktor Bruno Zysman on July 17, 1901 in Klimontów, a provincial town near Sandomierz, Poland. With the poet Stanislaw Mlodozeniec (1895-1959) and the poet/painter Tytus Czyzewski (1880-1946) he founded the Kraków Futurist group Katarynka (Barrel Organ). Considered the enfant terrible of Polish literature by this time and lauded by critics throughout the country, Jasieński in 1923 suddenly declared the end of Futurism in Poland. Living in Moscow since 1929, he was arrested and then executed on September 17, 1938.

Canadian born Krakow resident, Gauger is the author of the story collection Hymns to Millionaires and the translator of Waiting for the Dog to Sleep by Jerzy Ficowski.

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"Those of us who are fond of Polish art, and these many splinter "-isms" that rounded out the War to End All Wars, will find much to pique them in this sketch of some mad artists (and jokesters) out of 1920s Poland." –RALPH

"These are small but not minor works, and again show Jasieński to have been a considerable talent. ... The Legs of Izolda Morgan, in its lovely Twisted Spoon edition, is a very appealing little book. Jasieński deserves a larger readership ..." –The Complete Review

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