Robert McAlmon Germana Cantoni De Rossi
- Title: Vita da geni 1920-1930
- Author: Robert McAlmon Germana Cantoni De Rossi
- ISBN: 9788845913020
- Page: 406
- Format: Paperback
Robert McAlmon approd nella Parigi degli anni Venti come tanti altri giovani americani che volevano vivere Era percettivo, sardonico, poco accomodante Soprattutto non si faceva troppo impressionare dai vari geni che si trovava accanto sugli sgabelli dei bar, spesso mentre stavano finendo di convincersi di essere dei geni E in molti casi avevano ragione Il primo fra quRobert McAlmon approd nella Parigi degli anni Venti come tanti altri giovani americani che volevano vivere Era percettivo, sardonico, poco accomodante Soprattutto non si faceva troppo impressionare dai vari geni che si trovava accanto sugli sgabelli dei bar, spesso mentre stavano finendo di convincersi di essere dei geni E in molti casi avevano ragione Il primo fra questi, sempre osservato con una malcelata insofferenza unita all ammirazione come una spezia, era James Joyce Poco dopo Gertrude Stein, che procedeva per le strade con la sua uniforme e i sandali con la punta che sembrava la prua di una gondola , coni l espressione generazione perduta Il gioco era fatto Quanti libri sono stati scritti, da allora, sulla festa mobile di quegli anni E non di rado perfino i protagonisti avrebbero finito per rappresentarsi come in un film in costume Non cos McAlmon Forse perch non divent mai famoso come certi suoi amici, come Hemingway, come Fitzgerald, come Ezra Pound Forse perch non possedeva il loro genio Ma aveva certamente lo sguardo snebbiato, la qualit del grande memorialista impertinente Cos ci ha lasciato, in quegli anni prodigiosi e spavaldi, il libro che pi di ogni altro ci trasmette il senso tonificante dell osservazione esatta e di un avvolgente ironia Vita da geni apparso per la prima volta nel 1938.
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"In 1920 the atmosphere of New York had been postwar despairing, but various poets were then raising passionate voices in rebellion against puritanism," begins writer-editor Robert McAlmon in this wonderfully likeable memoir of Paris in the 20s, published in 1938 and revised by Kay Boyle with her alternate chapters and published c 1970. The legendary (charismatic) McAlmon set himself up in Paris as a publisher who introduced Hemingway, Nathanael West, Gert Stein and Djuna Barnes. He gave James J [...]
I wrote a note and told him, just what a star I'd make.He sent it back and marked it “Opened by mistake.”Is something the matter with Otto Kahn,Or is something wrong with me? 1920's vaudeville ditty, Fanny BriceParis when it sizzled, Paris when it fizzled, a two-narrator account. Robert McAlmon has the first round in every cycle, and his was the first to get published; a writer and prestigious publisher of iconic 20th century writers, McAlmon was searching for his place in the puzzle. He f [...]
2017 Review:On second reading, and having read more books tangential to this one, I think it stacks up very well. It's the same four stars now as the first time, only because I am very stingy with the fives -- amazing is, in my opinion, to be reserved for very special books. But whereas I recently said that Morley Callaghan's book is the best on the subject, I must now beg to differ with myself. This one is substantially different and just as good. McAlmon and Boyle complement each other and the [...]
Robert McAlmon is the genius that time forgot. McAlmon published Hemingway's first 2 books and attended the bullfights with Hemingway's posse in Pamplona. Hemingway re-paid McAlmon by mocking his masculinity, punching him in the face, and using him as the basis for the character everybody makes fun of in "The Sun Also Rises."
Ideally, I'd give this book four stars. I liked reading McAlmon's chapters and his perspective on 1920s Paris and the Lost Generation.However, what should have been a wonderful memoir by a significant but little-known figure in the 1920s Paris literary scene was ruined by Kay Boyle's hand. For reasons I still can't fathom, she chose to interrupt McAlmon's story with chapters of her own life and how she came to France, although her world and McAlmon's do not really connect until about halfway thr [...]
Robert McAlmon, writer, came to Paris in 1921 after marrying Annie Winifred Ellerman, the English heiress, also known as the writer Bryher. She was the lover of the poet, H.D. who had been, if you recall, an early girl-friend of Ezra Pound (yes, everyone knew and did everyone back then- ah, the 20s.) McAlmon also founded the small press, Contact Editions, which had published Hemingway, Stein, and others. In 1938, McAlmon published the memoirs of his time in Paris from 1921-1934, Being Geniuses T [...]
I love this book. McAlmon knows how to dish, and he is often very funny. Boyle's interpolated chapters are often a bit saccherine for my taste, but she does the good work of showing the generosity of many of McAlmon's unremarked behind-the-scenes acts.
Two gifted writers share their memories of Paris and life between the wars. Technically, it's a book written by McAlmon, into which Boyle later inserted her own chapters, alternating one with the other. For me, interested in history, it's a good read - what with all the nightclubs, and folks, rich and poor, artists, writers, dancers, barmen, musicians, royalty and former royalty, the rich and the nouveau riche, looking for life, and pretty well doomed and damned not find it, because the world th [...]
To be honest, I didn't finish this book. I started it because it deals with the greats of the art world in 1920s Paris. But I felt it didn't deal enough with authors I'm familiar witht the author's fault. It was a very slow read and only vaguely interesting.
I have racked my brain trying to remember what made me pick up this book. It may have been because I was considering taking ModPo this fall. (See coursera/learn/modpo for more info about this fascinating course.) It might have been because Kay Boyle keeps coming up in my reading. Whatever it was, I am pleased I picked this memoir up.I had not heard of Robert McAlmon before. Although I was an English major in college, I didn’t take any courses that covered the American expatriates in any depth. [...]
Clever, incisive people. Lots of namedropping, which is good if you happen to be interested in one or more of the expats about whom the gossip is produced. For me, I suppose it was just the wrong crowd. After about two chapters, I seem to have read enough. I stopped. No regrets.
A five star title, with one star writing
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