As a reporter during the Balkan war, Marrinetti witnessed the siege of Turkish Andrianopoli by the Bulgarians. Zang Tumb Tumb is a novel based on his experiences, The chance to try to create war like images in type was too good for a lover of violence and chaos to pass up.
The cover reads, “Words of Liberty” design and display mode, here created exclusively with type. (For later, more chaotic designs, Marinetti created a collage with drawn shapes and cut up piece of print patched in) The text, however is more original and far more interesting in it’s effect of “Visual onomatopoeia”. Like other writings of his, his book was declaimed by Marinnetti in deliberately rowdy performances – often in London Variety theatres, where music hall traditions could cope with the Futurist uproar.