One Toss of the Dice: The Incredible Story of How a Poem Made Us Modern
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Title: One Toss of the Dice: The Incredible Story of How a Poem Made Us Modern Author: BLOCH HOWARD Format: HARDCOVER Publication date: 25/11/2016 Imprint: LIVERIGHT Price: $39.95 Publishing status: Active
The forerunner of our digital age, a French poem about a shipwreck published in 1897, with its mind-bending possibilities of being read up and down, backwards and forwards, even sideways, launched modernism. Stephane Mallarme's "One Toss of the Dice" has for over a century tantalised everyone from physicists to composers to graphic artists. R. Howard Bloch decodes the poem still considered among the most enigmatic ever written. Creating a shimmering portrait of Belle-epoque Paris with a cast of exotic characters-Napoleon III, the Lumiere brothers, Auguste Rodin, Berthe Morisot, even an expatriate American dentist, Bloch positions Mallarme as the spiritual giant of late-nineteenth-century France. Featuring a new translation of the poem by J.D. McClatchy, One Toss of the Dice reveals how a masterpiece shaped our perceptual world.
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