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The Development of Aerial Militarism
The Development of Aerial Militarism

Paul Scheerbart

translated by M. Kasper

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Full title: The Development of Aerial Militarism and the Demobilization of European Ground Force, Fortresses, and Naval Fleets. Scheerbart's 1909 pamphlet could be characterized as a montage of shifting registers, from banal to bombastic, now chatty, now dry, full of non-sequiturs and with a deadpan tone that leaves readers uncertain as to what's funny and what's not.

About the Author

Paul Scheerbart
Paul Scheerbart (born in Danzig in 1863) was a prolific writer and prominent participant in several successive German avant-gardes during the formative years of Modernism, from Decadence to early Dada. He lived an impoverished and inebriated life in Berlin and died in 1915.

About the Translator

Among M. Kasper’s previous translations are The Lamp’s Tales & Other Short Prose, by Paul Colinet (with Rochelle Ratner; Pleasure Editions), Correspondance: The Birth of Belgian Surrealism (with Jan Baetens; Peter Lang), The Development of Aerial Militarism and The Demobilization of European Ground Forces, Fortresses and Naval Fleets, by Paul Scheerbart (UDP), and Saint Ghetto of the Loans, by Gabriel Pomerand (with Bhamati Viswanathan, UDP). Kasper — who was born in the Bronx (1947), lived overseas for some years, and worked as a librarian for many in western Massachusetts — has also published artists’ books including Kirghiz Steppes: Accumulated Verbo-Visuals (Black Scat), Open-Book (UDP), The Shapes and Spacing of the Letters (2nd ed., highmoonoon & the London Institute of ‘Pataphysics), All Cotton Briefs (2nd ed., Benzene), and Plans for the Night (Benzene). As Christopher Middleton said, “A Kasper a day keeps the moodles away.”