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"The symbolic view of things is a consequence of long absorption in images. Is sign language the real language of Paradise?" -- Hugo Ball
Hugo Ball (February 22, 1886 — September 14, 1927) was a German author, poet and one of the leading Dada artists.

Hugo Ball was born in Pirmasens, Germany and was raised in a Protestant family. He studied sociology and philosophy at the universities of Munich and Heidelberg (1906—1907). In 1910, he moved to Berlin in order to become an actor and collaborated with Max Reinhardt. At the beginning of the First World War he joined the army as a volunteer, But, after the invasion of Belgium, was disillusioned saying: "The war is founded on a glaring mistake, men have been confused with machines". Considered a traitor in his country, he crossed the frontier with his wife and settled in Zürich. Here, Ball continued his interest in anarchism, and in Bakunin in particular; he also worked on book of Bakunin translations, which never got published. Although interested in anarchist philosophy, he nonetheless rejected it for its militant aspects, and viewed it as only a means to his personal goal of enlightenment.

In 1916, Hugo Ball created the Dada Manifesto, making a political statement about his views on the terrible state of society and acknowledging his dislike for philosophies in the past claiming to possess the ultimate Truth. The same year as the Manifesto, in 1916, Ball wrote his poem "Karawane," which is a German poem consisting of nonsensical words. The meaning however resides in its meaninglessness, reflecting the chief principle behind Dadaism. Some of his other best known works include the poem collection 7 schizophrene Sonette, the drama Die Nase des Michelangelo, a memoir of the Zürich period Flight Out of Time: A Dada Diary, and a biography of Hermann Hesse, entitled Hermann Hesse. Sein Leben und sein Werk (1927).

As co-founder of the Cabaret Voltaire in Zürich, he led the Dada movement in Zürich, and is one of the people credited with naming the movement "Dada", by allegedly choosing the word at random from a dictionary. He was married to Emmy Hennings, another member of Dada.

His involvement with the Dada movement lasted approximately two years. He then worked for a short period as a journalist, for Freie Zeitung in Bern. After returning to Catholicism in July of 1920, Ball retired to the canton of Ticino where he lived a religious and relatively poor life. He died on Sant'Abbondio, Switzerland.

His poem "Gadji beri bimba" was later adapted to the song entitled "I Zimbra" on the 1979 Talking Heads album Fear of Music; he received a writing credit for the song on the track listing.

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Total Books: 24
Flametti or The Dandyism of the Poor
2014 - Flametti or the Dandyism of the Poor (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781939663030
ISBN-10: 1939663032
Genre: Literature & Fiction

2011 - Flametti (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783869640358
ISBN-10: 3869640359

Flametti oder Vom Dandysmus der Armen
2008 - Flametti Oder Vom Dandysmus Der Armen [Dodo Press - German Edition] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781409922964
ISBN-10: 1409922960

Flametti oder der Dandysmus der Armen
2006 - Flametti Oder Der Dandysmus Der Armen [German Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781406832129
ISBN-10: 140683212X

La huida del tiempo  / The flight time Con El Primer Manifiesto Dadaista
2005 - La Huida Del Tiempo / the Flight Time Con El Primer Manifiesto Dadaista [un diario - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788496136991
ISBN-10: 849613699X
Genre: Nonfiction

Ball and Hammer Hugo Ball's Tenderenda the Fantast
2002 - Ball and Hammer Hugo Ball's Tenderenda the Fantast (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780300083736
ISBN-10: 0300083734
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction
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Hermann Hesse
1999 - Hermann Hesse (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783518368855
ISBN-10: 3518368850
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Flight Out of Time A Dada Diary
1996 - Flight Out of Time a Dada Diary [Documents of Twentieth Century Art] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780520204409
ISBN-10: 0520204409
Genres: Arts & Photography, Reference

Critique of the German Intelligentsia
1993 - Critique of the German Intelligentsia (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780231075268
ISBN-10: 023107526X
Genres: History, Nonfiction

Zur Kritik der deutschen Intelligenz
1991 - Zur Kritik Der Deutschen Intelligenz (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783518016909
ISBN-10: 3518016903

Flight out of Time
1974 - Flight Out of Time [The Documents of 20th-century art] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780670318414
ISBN-10: 0670318418

dada a zurich - 1915-1917
Dada a Zurich - 1915-1917 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782840661528
ISBN-10: 2840661527

Byzantinisches Christentum Drei Heiligenleben
Byzantinisches Christentum Drei Heiligenleben (Other)
ISBN-13: 9783458049654
ISBN-10: 3458049657

Flametti oder vom Dandysmus der Armen Roman
Flametti Oder Vom Dandysmus Der Armen Roman [Bibliothek Suhrkamp ; Bd. 442 - German Edition] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783518014424
ISBN-10: 3518014420
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Der Kunstler und die Zeitkrankheit Ausgewahlte Schriften
Der Kunstler Und Die Zeitkrankheit Ausgewahlte Schriften [German Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783518047095
ISBN-10: 3518047094

Hermann Hesse sein Leben und sein Werk
Hermann Hesse Sein Leben Und Sein Werk [Suhrkamp Taschenbuch] (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783518068854
ISBN-10: 3518068857

Damals in Zurich Briefe aus den Jahren 1915-1917
Damals in Zurich Briefe Aus Den Jahren 1915-1917 [German Edition] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9783716015827
ISBN-10: 3716015822

Gesammelte Gedichte
Gesammelte Gedichte [Sammlung Horizont - German Edition] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9783716035078
ISBN-10: 3716035076

Tenderenda der Phantast
Tenderenda Der Phantast [German Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783852182728
ISBN-10: 3852182727

Die Flucht aus der Zeit
Die Flucht Aus Der Zeit [German Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783857911972
ISBN-10: 3857911972

Der Henker von Brescia Drei Akte der Not und Ekstase
Der Henker Von Brescia Drei Akte Der Not Und Ekstase [Die Sisyphosse - German Edition] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9783928660365
ISBN-10: 3928660365

Die Nichtgesammelten Gedichte [Die Sisyphosse - German Edition] (Other)