The Legs of Izolda Morgan: Selected Writings
by: Bruno Jasienski
The Legs of Izolda Morgan: Selected Writings by Bruno Jasienski / ISBN 9788086264400 / 163-page hardcover from Twisted Spoon Press, with the usual deluxe feel of their hardcovers
Considered the enfant terrible of the Polish avant-garde, lauded by critics and scorned by the public, Bruno Jasienski 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 Jasienski'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 Jasienski'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.