TUZUB 37. DER MYTHOS VON DER GRAUEN MENSCHHEIT ODER VON DER ZAHL I. Berlin: Holle & Co. / Verlag, 1935. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7-213 [214: ads], original red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black, top edge plain. First edition. "As in E. M. Forster's 'The Machine Stops' (1909), humans have become totally isolated from nature, living in concrete silos. History, poetry, philosophy, and all individualism have disappeared, and people have become machines, partly of metal. The seas are filled and the mountains leveled; the goal is to reproduce completely by chemical means. Corrosion sets in, however. There is a brief invasion of life forms from outer space, and when one of the Gray Ones starts thinking and doubting, the whole system comes crashing down. Life on Earth starts anew with life spores arriving from space. Poetic and symbolically dense, this dystopian novel is a passionate plea for individualism and personality against collectivism, uniformity, and mindless conformism." - Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 6-15. Bloch (2002) 1304. Nagl, p. 255. Slight spine lean, spine just a bit faded, a very good copy. An important book. (#152963).
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