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By René Steinke

Novelists are attracted to the lives of artists like moths to a flame, and no author might ask for a extra incendiary protagonist than Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. The provocative German dadaist used to be yet a footnote within the annals of bohemian Greenwich Village until eventually Irene Gammel's revelatory biography, Baroness Elsa (2002), seemed, and now Rene Steinke makes an attempt to get contained in the head of this flamboyant poet and trailblazing functionality artist.

Steinke's wildly uninhibited Elsa, haunted via family members tragedies and 3 extravagantly disastrous marriages and encouraged via industrialization, finally ends up dwelling hand-to-mouth downstairs from Marcel Duchamp, publishing her poetry within the plucky Little overview, and protesting every thing from sexism to censorship by means of shaving her head and going forth embellished with a birdcage hat (with bird), soup-can brassiere, gum-wrapper jewellery, and a taillight. unfortunately, her bravado mask an engulfing loneliness, and the intense flame of her boldly improvised lifestyles burns uncontrolled. via evoking either the tactile information of her protagonist's precarious lifestyles and her churning psyche, Steinke is ready to include and transmute biographical truth, making a interesting personality inside of a world-altering milieu, and exploring the darkish part of creativity.

Finalist for the nationwide ebook Critics Circle Award in Fiction, 2006

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