Art and Life in Modernist Prague: Karel ?Apek and His Generation, 1911-1938 Thomas Ort

ISBN: 9781299716957

Published: July 8th 2013

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277 pages


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Art and Life in Modernist Prague: Karel ?Apek and His Generation, 1911-1938  by  Thomas Ort

Art and Life in Modernist Prague: Karel ?Apek and His Generation, 1911-1938 by Thomas Ort
July 8th 2013 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 277 pages | ISBN: 9781299716957 | 7.36 Mb

In most contemporary historical writing, the picture of modern life in Habsburg Central Europe is rather gloomy. Centered on Vienna in the twilight years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, it is the story of the failure of rationalism and the rise of aMoreIn most contemporary historical writing, the picture of modern life in Habsburg Central Europe is rather gloomy. Centered on Vienna in the twilight years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, it is the story of the failure of rationalism and the rise of a politics of fantasy culminating in protofascist movements.

This book tells a different story, focusing on the generation of Czech writers and artists distinguished by their optimistic view of the world in the years before the First World War. These figures, most notably Karel Capek, greeted the collapse of the Habsburg monarchy not with despair and trepidation but with a sense of hope and liberation, and their early vitalism and anti-rationalism later led them closer to liberalism, not further away from it.



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