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History of the Czech Avant-Garde

Avantgarda bez legend a mýtů: rozhlasový cyklus o patnácti dílech [The avant-garde without legends and myths: a radio series in fifteen parts]. A radio program about the Czech and international avant-garde.

Prague, 1967. Quarto (20.5 × 14 cm). Original decorative paper wrapper containing five side-stapled pamphlets of mimeographed text to rectos and versos; ca. 20–24 pp. each. Wrappers lightly worn; internally about very good.

Scarce transcript of a radio series, only issued for a small circle of readers, which reintroduced Czechs to the rich heritage of their interwar avant-garde. The fourteen-volume set (unlike stated in the title, only fourteen parts were printed) reproduces numerous broadcasts that evoke a broad history of the international, as well as Czech avant-garde. The topics discussed on air range from the art of everyday life, to avant-garde architecture, music and theatre. The first part is dedicated to the avant-garde concept of "poetismus" (poetism), and concludes with texts by Seifert, Teige, Nezval and others. The various authors of the script, among them important scholars, incorporated contemporary sound recordings, but many famous living figures also participated, among them the artists Adolf Hoffmeister, Josef Šíma, and Jan Zrzavý, the film director Jiří Menzel and the Czech surrealist Vratislav Effenberger. The program was produced during the short breather in between the strict post-war communist regime and the equally repressive Normalization period that followed the short-lived Prague Spring of 1968, after which topics such as the interwar avant-garde were once again marginalized. The book was never republished as a trade edition, and all parts note that the text has been reproduced for a small number of specialist listeners. As of June 2020, KVK and OCLC show no copies outside thte Czech Republic.

Book ID: P6778

Price: $750.00