As it's now 6 months since I handed in the MS for this, and since we're apparently supposed to be doing much of the promotion ourselves, I would like to announce.
With svelte prose, agile wit, and alarming erudition, Owen Hatherley pries open the prematurely closed case of early 20th Century modernism. This slim and shapely, ideas-packed and intensely-felt book is neither a misty-eyed memorial nor a dour inquest, but a verging-on-erotic mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Rediscovering the enchantment of demystification and the sexiness of severity, Hatherley harks forward to modernism's utopian spirit: critical, radically democratic, dedicated to the conscious transformation of everyday life, determined to build a better world.
In sum, it's a shortish, polemical book on Modernism, with chapters on (in order) Britain, industry and Brutalism; Constructivism and ruination; Sexpol, communal living and sexploitation; Brecht, Eisler, Benjamin and Productivism, plus extensive introductions and conclusions and gratuitous biographical detail. Artwork on the cover is 'Apollo Pavilion' by entschwindet, and the book itself is lavishly illustrated by sundry photographs, stills and posters, along with original collages by this person. It's out in another 6 months time, so please put your orders in now, and expect ever more hysterical plugs in the coming months.
(in further self-promoting vein, a review by me of Svetlana Boym's book on Tatlin can be found in this month's Blueprint. In the same issue as an article on the 'Constructivist inspired canapes' of one Tom Wolfe (no relation))