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Witkiewicz, for instance, was revolutionary in the theater and in aesthetics, but his most important 26 John Neubauer novel, Pożegnanie jesieni (Autumn’s Farewell; 1926) remains traditional in its narrative mode and portrayal of people. Two East-Central European writers shaped the emergence of the Avant-garde in 1916, at the midpoint in the war: in February, Tzara co-founded the Zurich Cabaret Voltaire, thereby launching Dada; and in November, the Hungarian Kassák launched the magazine Ma after A Tett was, as we saw, closed down by the police.

He resettled in the Soviet Union, became a Soviet citizen, and wrote in Russian his Bal manekinów (The Mannequins’ Ball; 1931), a satirical play on capitalism. As a member of the Executive Board of the Writers’ Union he was involved in organizing the famous 1934 Congress of Soviet Writers. He was arrested, however, in 1937 and died in Siberia two years later. During those years, Stalin’s secret service systematically eliminated all Polish communists living in the Soviet Union. General Introduction 29 Stern, Wat, and several others fled to Soviet-occupied Lwów, when the Nazis took Warsaw in 1939.

From M. H. Maxy. Der integrale Künstler/Artist Integralist. Ed. Michael Ilk. Berlin: Günter Linke, 2003, p. 37. 32 John Neubauer Soviet system. The most consistent communist, Gheorghe Dinu (who published poetry under the pseudonym Stephan Roll), attacked in “Sugestii înaintea unui proces” (Suggestions at the Threshold of a Trial; 1932) Breton, Eluard, Tzara, and Aragon, for being conservative, bourgeois, and obscure (Mincu 607, 609–10), but Saşa Pană, member of the unu circle and editor of its journal, sided in Sadismul adevărului (The Sadism of Truth; 1936) with “André Breton’s defense of Surrealism against leftist and rightist deviations” (135).

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