Magazine March 23, 2015, Issue

The Birth of Dada

Tristan Tzara (Fred Stein/Picture-Alliance/DPA/AP)
Out of the spirit of nihilism

Zurich, that decorous Swiss city, is already preparing to celebrate next year the centenary of Dada. A preliminary brochure provides a map showing 80 sites in the city with associations to Tristan Tzara, Hugo Ball and his companion Emmy Hennings, Walter Serner, Hans Arp, and a few more, all of them fathers (and a mother or two) of Dadaism. Who, you ask, who? Forgotten, the whole lot of them, and yet they did their bit to shift contemporary culture.

In 1916, well over a million men were killed or wounded in the battle of the Somme. Whether pacifists or revolutionaries, those

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Poetry

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Letters

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