" This book treats, with a comparative method, the history and nature of the avant-garde literatures between 1910 and 1930, of fifteen East European languages, including the Baltic, Slavic, Rumanian, and Hungarian literatures.
After a literary theoretical introduction, it is the first time in the history of the problem that, in the first part of this book, the East European avant-garde literature is comprehensively described as a trend of literary history, while this trend itself consist of several bigger or smaller groups. Five currents of this trend of East European avant-garde are discussed, namely, futurism, expressionism, dadaism, constructivism and surrealism; besides systematizing the extremely rich material, the aspects of comparative literary studies are made use of as well.
The second part of the book is a contribution to the characterization of the phenomenon of avant-garde. The ""pure poetry"", one of the central features of the trend is analyzed, as well as the avant-gardist Sachlichkeit."