Last Loosening: A Handbook for the Con Artist & Those Aspiring to Become One

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5.4 X 7.5 X 0.8 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Walter Serner was born in 1889 to a Jewish family in Carlsbad, Bohemia and studied law in Vienna. When World War I started, he escaped to Switzerland in 1914 and participated in Dada activities in Zürich, Geneva, and Paris, editing and writing for numerous magazines and composing his infamous "Dada Manifesto" in 1918. His books were banned and burned by Nazi Germany. He ultimately settled in Prague in the 1930s with his longtime partner, Dorothea Herz. They unsuccessfully tried to escape to Shanghai when Nazi Germany occupied the country and were deported "East" in 1942, perishing near Riga.


"[Serner] loved people that made their way through life on unstable paths, smiling dandies, modern misfits. [...] He had the gait of an artiste, who is proudly hopping across the safety net to the thunderous applause of the audience, dancing off lightly." -- Hans Arp
"No one brings the intellectual perspective of Serner's ... he is at once nihilistic and utterly tranquil and serene, encountering nothingness with cold, dispassionate, playful lines." -- Jörg Drews, Süddeutsche Zeitung
"Serner's manifesto is written in a provocative, new, highly suggestive style that has been quickly imitated. With its appearance Dada, which before was a rather amorphous grouping of modern artists having an original name, has been given a mode and way of speaking." -- Hamburger Correspondent