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By Wyndham Lewis Paul O'Keeffe | Comments: ( 425 ) | Date: ( Jan 19, 2020 )

Played out against the backdrop of Paris before the start of the First World War, Tarr tells the blackly comic story of the lives and loves of two artists the English enfant terrible Frederick Tarr, and the middle aged German Otto Kreisler, a failed painter who finds himself in a widening spiral of militaristic self destruction When both become interested in the same twPlayed out against the backdrop of Paris before the start of the First World War, Tarr tells the blackly comic story of the lives and loves of two artists the English enfant terrible Frederick Tarr, and the middle aged German Otto Kreisler, a failed painter who finds himself in a widening spiral of militaristic self destruction When both become interested in the same two women Bertha Lunken, a conventional German, and Anastasya Vasek, the ultra modern international devotee of swagger sex Wyndham Lewis sets the stage for a scathing satire of national and social pretensions, the fraught relationship between men and women, and the incompatibilities of art and life Scott W Klein s introduction places the novel in the context of social satire and the avant garde, especially the artistic developments of the 1910s including Cubism, Futurism, and Lewis s own movement, Vorticism and explores the links between Tarr and other Modernist masterpieces The book also features Lewis s Preface to the 1918 American edition, comprehensive notes, a glossary of foreign words and phrases, and a map of Paris.


  • Title: Tarr
  • Author: Wyndham Lewis Paul O'Keeffe
  • ISBN: 9780876857854
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Wyndham Lewis Paul O'Keeffe

Percy Wyndham Lewis 1882 1957 was a novelist, painter, essayist, polemicist and one of the truly dynamic forces of the early 20th century and a central figure in the history of modernism He was the founder of Vorticism, the only original movement in 20th century English painting His Vorticist paintings from 1913 are the first abstract works produced in England, and influenced the development of Suprematism in Russia Tarr published in 1918 , initiated his career as a satirical novelist, earning the praise of his contemporaries the most distinguished living novelist T.S Eliot , the only English writer who can be compared to Dostoevsky Ezra Pound.After serving as an artillery officer and official war artist during the First World War, Lewis was unable to revive the avant garde spirit of Vorticism, though he attempted to do so in a pamphlet advocating the modernisation of London architecture in 1919 The Caliph s Design Architects Where is your Vortex Exhibitions of his incisive figurative drawings, cutting edge abstractions and satirical paintings were not an economic success, and in the early 1920s he devoted himself to study of political theory, anthropology, philosophy and aesthetics, becoming a regular reader in the British Museum Reading Room The resulting books, such as The Art of Being Ruled 1926 , Time and Western Man 1927 , The Lion and the Fox The Role of the Hero in the Plays of Shakespeare 1927 and Paleface The Philosophy of the Melting Pot 1929 created a reputation for him as one of the most important if wayward of contemporary thinkers The satirical The Apes of God 1930 damaged his standing by its attacks on Bloomsbury and other prominent figures in the arts, and the 1931 Hitler, which argued that in contemporary emergency conditions Hitler might provide the best way forward in Germany damaged it yet further Isolated and largely ignored, and persisting in advocacy of appeasement, Lewis continued to produce some of his greatest masterpieces of painting and fiction during the remainder of the 1930s, culminating in the great portraits of his wife 1937 , T S Eliot 1938 and Ezra Pound 1939 , and the 1937 novel The Revenge for Love After visiting Berlin in 1937 he produced books attacking Hitler and anti semitism but decided to leave England for North America on the outbreak of war, hoping to support himself with portrait painting The difficult years he spent there before his return in 1945 are reflected in the 1954 novel, Self Condemned Lewis went blind in 1951, from the effects of a pituitary tumor He continued writing fiction and criticism, to renewed acclaim, until his death He lived to see his visual work honored by a retrospective exhibition at London s Tate Gallery in 1956, and to hear the BBC broadcast dramatisations of his earlier novels and his fantastic trilogy of novels up dating Dante s Inferno, The Human Age.



Comments Tarr

  • Paul Bryant

    WITH FANS LIKE THISEven people who thought Wyndham Lewis was a great writer, such as George Orwell, said stuff likeEnough talent to set up dozens of ordinary writers has been poured into Wyndham Lewis’s so-called novels yet it would be a very heavy labour to read one of these books right throughMY EYES, MY EYESI’ve come across a few well regarded authors with unreadable styles, meaning that you have to be some kind of rarified Everest-scaling Arctic-Sea-kayaking type of reader to be able to [...]


  • Eddie Watkins

    Tarr is a novel at war with itself, with tensions raging at not only the level of style and content, but at the level of the book itself in that it exists in a few versions, being altered and revised by Lewis as it suited his fancy and his temper and his ever-mutating world view, and so even subsequent editors have been at war in their attempts to produce a definitive version. What emerged from these various levels of war is a book in many ways more revolutionary than Ulysses. The author of a st [...]


  • Erwin

    If you were to take with you on vacation Wyndham Lewis's Tarr as a beach read, it'd somehow manage to kick sand in your face. It isn't breezy, nor especially pleasant. There really isn't a character to like in the whole work. And, upon finishing it, you'll feel as if you spent a long time at a greatly demoralizing task like checking behind the testicles of prisoner after prisoner for crack rocks or razor blades.Yet, the novel succeeds on its own terms. Lewis's puerile Nietzscheanism blares from [...]


  • Bob

    Perhaps in reaction to the sometimes cardboard cut-out quality of the good guys and concomitant mustachio-twirling music hall melodrama villains in Victorian fiction, the early 20th century gives us a new kind of protagonist. Döblin's Franz Biberkopf and Céline's Ferdinand Bardamu are both anti-heroes who might have been modeled on Lewis's Kreisler. It is notable that Otto Kreisler is somewhat more developed as a character than the eponymous Tarr, whose appearances in the first part (called "O [...]


  • Thomas

    everyone in this book acts weird and wyndham lewis keeps comparing them to machinery, or livestock, or pieces of meat. there's some funny scenes, like wyndham lewis stand in spouting philosophy at people who aren't really interested, wyndham lewis stand in trying to break up with his curvy german gf, kriesler attempting to borrow money, kriesler going to a party and sabotaging it deliberately for no reason, it's pretty cool.


  • Viola

    Only a writer as insufferable and self-absorbed as Wyndham Lewis could take a plot about intrigue, adultery, sex, murder and war, and turn it into one of the most boring books I've ever encountered.


  • Kitty

    Lewis is a much underrated writer. Though his prose is rather convoluted at times, and the narrative sometimes gets swamped in observational details, the individuality of his style is on a par with contemporaries such as Joyce and Eliot. Tarr is an early novel, and reveals Lewis's developing philosophical and artistic viewpoint, as well as the antagonistic persona that would later come to dominate his reputation. The characters are rather like ciphers, as in Huxley, but none the less fascinating [...]


  • Patrick

    I feel like Tarr is a book that keeps one wondering. Why are the characters so strange?Who is Tarr, and what does the title of the book has to do with the semi-protagonist?Another question that puzzles me is that the book starts of so hype, we get introduced to characters that are hard to analyze, and to understand. Lewis' "Tarr" is a good work of literature but also a very strange one. I feel that eventhough Lewis paints a picture of a delusional Kreisler, he Kreisler is the only charcter in Le [...]


  • K.c.

    This may end up being one of my favourite books. If you like slow-moving tragedies that also make you laugh out loud; if you like tales of former aristocrats living on tick in abject poverty; if you enjoy casual racism between Western European races, then this book is for you.


  • Jennifer

    This is a brutal and devastating portrait of the fractured mind of European culture during World War I. I recommend it, but know what you're getting into! It kind of belongs with Notes From the Underground, by Dostoyevsky.


  • Jacquelynn Luben

    I read this as a set book as a mature student. It was ghastly.


  • Katja Kamjanets

    A novel that combines a lot in it.It's just as trivial as it is complicated.It can be viewed as an ode to male vanity, of a man who wants to seem more nobel than he is, or as a philosophical novel. The philisophical novel simply displaying the common views of its time, or a nove showing a unique individual position of the author. His position is shown through his characters' opinions and long dialogues about art and life. At the same time, those characters live human lives, they eat, they drink, [...]


  • J. Alfred

    Not a love triangle but square, as both women are interested in both men and vice versa, but this isn't right either as no one is, properly speaking, in love with anyone. None of the characters are likable or even particularly interesting. The plot involves-- is-- people of various nationalities doing vicious (brutal, socially unacceptable, motivated by vice) things for no real reason. The language does some good things but not enough to make it worthwhile. Like Bernard Shaw but without the char [...]


  • Tony

    TARR. (1918). Wyndham Lewis. *1/2.This was a new author for me. It turns out that the author was famous for his contributions to a variety of art movements as well as being a prolific writer – though of unusually obscure works. From the jacket: “Set in contemporary Paris, “Tarr” is the picture of a grotesque world where human relationships are simply fodder for a master race f artists. Lewis inhabits this world himself, writing with the all-powerful – sometimes comic, sometimes bgrutal [...]


  • Alasdair Ekpenyong

    The most memorable part of the novel was just the character formation: Kreisler, Anastasya, and other characters whom Lewis designs as stereotyped representations of Germans, Slavic peoples, and other nationalities. The novel is explosive and dramatic as each of the different characters, their headstrong philosophies, and their national stereotypes come into conflict with each other. I'm interested in the failure of marriage, friendship, or really any other form of bond or social contract to suc [...]


  • Ian

    Published in 1918, but set before the war in the pan-European artistic community in Paris, this story centres on four people, of whom the eponymous artist Frederick Tarr, may be the least interesting. Otto Kreisler, angry, jealous, frustrated and lacking in Tarr's easy charisma ends up fighting a duel over a woman. The two women of the piece, the exotic Russian arriviste Anastasya Vasek and the more staid German Bertha Lunken are both involved with both men. The characters, much like the nationa [...]


  • Seth

    The story that runs throughout is amazing, however obscured it might be by pretentious artistic banter.Would have been much better if about 50 pages of dull philosophical waxing were cut out. I'm no philistine, but why ruin awesome prose with all that?Despite all this I really enjoyed it. There is no doubt it is a classic and I'm surprised I haven't heard more about Lewis to begin with.


  • Paul

    Written in the early 19o0s by artist and polemicist Wyndham Lewis, the tale of a German and an English artist in the city of Paris and their muse(s). Rather sneering at the insincere Bohemian mannerisms of the characters, the book is a rather heavy-handed look at their situation, with much navel-gazing and fits of melodrama among the Parisian cafes.


  • Karen

    Felt like the author was trying to impress the reader with his use of obscure language, but didn't really have a story to tell. Some minor glimpses of genuinely entertaining wit drowning in huge pools of descriptive boredom.


  • Edward

    AcknowledgementsIntroductionNote on the TextSelect BibliographyA Chronology of Wyndham LewisMap of Paris--TarrAppendix: Preface to the 1918 American EditionExplanatory NotesGlossary of Foreign Words and Phrases


  • Nikolay Nikiforov

    Сцены из жизни богемы, некоторые большой сатирической силы или просто фактурно примечательные. Проповеднический пафос у Льюиса почти такой же выразительный, как у Достоевского; но мысли его либо скучны, либо вовсе неумны.


  • Fred R

    I can't believe I finished it. Every page or so, there's an excellent sentence. OtherwiseDid David Brooks ever give Lewis credit for coming up with Bourgeois Bohemian?


  • Deanne

    Really intersting read which I read in a day.


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