Stefan Themerson. Bayamus and the Theatre of Semantic Poetry
A semantic novel. 1965. Second edition of the novel which was published in 1949 by Editions Poetry London. Why should a one-legged uncle be a less interesting phenomenon than the three-legged Bayamus? How to explain the triggering powers of dead words? These are the terrible questions which drive Bayamus and the Author to the Bottle Party of enlightening sanity. 'It is not a bit like any other novel that has ever been published before, any more than Bayamus himself is like any other man (or, Mr. Themerson, for that matter, like any other writer). Bertrand Russell paid it the highest compliment he could think of by calling it 'nearly as mad as the world'. '...an extremity of alertness ? like a sudden new angle of light, impossible to put down.' - Tribune.