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Parole in libertà

Marinetti’s masterpiece “Zang Tumb Tuum” (1914) was the first book containing a practical application of the demands documented in the manifestos for the “Parole in libertà”. The books reports on the siege in the city of Adrianopolis, which the author experienced at first hand in 1912. The text is visually and onomatopoetically accompanied by numerous compositions of liberated words; a flyer reflects the sensations of a pilot in the air above the city. The copy of “Distruzione della sintassi – immaginazione senza fili – parole in libertà” (1913) in the institute represents a curiosity, it features several hand-written corrections, presumably entered by Marinetti himself. Alongside Marinetti, Francesco Cangiullo is regarded as one of the most important authors of the “Parole in libertà”. His work “Piedigrotta” (1916), named after a Neapolitan festival of the same name, has an expressive cover picture, which reflects the wild exhilaration of a party. The “Parole in libertà” represent one of the most important accomplishments of futurist literature. The use of different typefaces and font sizes, which were intended to lend emotional expression to the words, made them groundbreaking for the development of typography. The modernisation of the content was followed by a revolution of the style, which overcame the tradition of linear writing.