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The Gray Cloth: A Novel on Glass Architecture (MIT Press)

 
 
 
 
The Gray Cloth: A Novel on Glass Architecture (MIT Press)
Author: Paul Scheerbart
ISBN 13: 9780262692960
ISBN 10: 262692961
Edition: N/A
Publisher: The MIT Press
Publication Date: 2003-08-29
Format: Paperback
Pages: 136
List Price: $18.95
 
 

A cult novel, with a critical introduction, by the German expressionist visionary Paul Scheerbart.

Library Journal

Imagine that the Bauhaus movement had featured colored glass architecture and that glowing buildings ennobled human existence and transformed civilization. Dirigibles provide a new level of luxury travel and massive, 40-tower synthesizerlike organs produce a new type of music and laserlike light show. Such was the techno-utopian vision of architect Scheerbart, who wrote the definitive treatise on the subject (Glasarchitektur, 1914) as well as several novels. For the overbearing Edgar Krug, protagonist of this work, everything revolves around architecture to the point of having his wife wear a gray dress with ten percent white as a contrast to the brilliant glass panels he has designed. Scheerbert combined the ironic late-romantic style of Clemens Brentano with a more earnest Expressionism to great comic effect: " `Don't you have a wish?' asked Edgar. `Yes,' responded Clara, `I would like to eat oysters.' `Of course, we could do that,' replied the architect, `but I thought you would express architectural desires.' " This novel will delight art historians, Brentano fans, and lovers of sophisticated irony. Recommended for academic and large public libraries. Jim Dwyer, California State Univ. Lib., Chico Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.