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Le Roi Bombance
The original Futurist cookbook?
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The themes of nutrition and digestion fascinated Filippo Tommaso Marinetti for much of his career. The beginnings of this interest can be traced to his pre-Futurist play Le Roi Bombance, published in 1905, in which the eponymous obese king is concerned only with satisfying his enormous appetite. In La cucina futurista, the separation of food and nutrition has further value than simply allowing people to devote more time to artistic pursuits. La cucina futurista is a text that is deeply embedded in the rhetoric and ideology of the Fascist regime and, in some respects, can be interpreted as a critique of it. This chapter suggests that corporeality is just as fragile a concept in Marinetti's French play as it is in his Italian Cookbook. It also suggests that a continuum of ideas exists between them, specifically with regard to the relationship between eating and creativity and between eating and identity.

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