The making of a messiah

Isidore Isou was a Jewish visionary who escaped Romania and the Nazis to become a star of the French avant-garde. But his belief in his own immortality led to a dramatic mental unravelling  

Until now, Isidore Isou has largely been forgotten or ignored by historians of culture. This is partly because he believed something which was absurd and impossible. He was a fanatic who believed that he was the Jewish Messiah sent to lead all humanity to redemption. If Isou is remembered at all these days, however, it is not as a would-be Messiah, but as the founder of an obscure avant-garde movement in Paris in the 1940s called lettrisme. Occasionally this movement has been cited as the...
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