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  • The Punishments Of Hell
    The Punishments Of Hell (English, Paperback) Robert Desnos, Francis Picabia $18.92
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  • Journey To The Land Of The Real
    Journey To The Land Of The Real (English, Hardback) Victor Segalen $18.46
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  • A Mammal's Notebook
    A Mammal's Notebook (English, Hardback) Erik Satie

    This is the largest selection, in any language, of the writings of Erik Satie. Although he was dismissed as an eccentric by many, Satie has come to be seen as a key influence on modern music. The appeal of his writings, however, go far beyond their musical value. He is revealed as one of the most beguiling of absurdists, in the mode of Lewis Carroll or Edward Lear, but with a strong streak of...

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  • The Tutu
    The Tutu (English, Hardback) Leon Genonceaux

    The Tutu is a genuine literary mystery: a lost masterpiece. Published in 1891, it never made it to bookshops. Its existence was only revealed in 1966, by a famous literary hoaxer. It is the ultimate 'decadent novel', but also outlandishly modern; it is excessive, repellent, infantile and riotously funny. Yet despite its absurdities, its eccentricities and its extravagance, in the end it somehow...

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  • Anicet Or The Panorama
    Anicet Or The Panorama (English, Hardback) Louis Aragon

    This novel, much of it written amidst the horror of the trenches when Aragon was a medical orderly during the First World War, demonstrates the chasm that separates the works of the artists and writers of what would become Dadaism and those, say, of the English War poets. Aragon's precisely crafted and sardonic prose reveals a world that is no more than a tragic puppet show, with every scene...

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  • Sam Dunn Is Dead
    Sam Dunn Is Dead (English, Paperback) Rosa Rosa, Bruno Corra

    Sam Dunn is Dead was described by its author as a 'Futurist Novel', yet one will search in vain for any mention of this work in anthologies or histories of Futurism. Sam Dunn's erasure is doubtless because it is so unlike anything else produced by Futurism (so ardent, so masculine, so positive and so absurdly serious). Sam Dunn is, none of these, being, above all else, a great small masterpiece of...

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  • Semmelweiss
    Semmelweiss (English, Paperback) Louis-Ferdinand Celine

    Celine is best known for his early novels Journey to the End of the Night (1932) and Death on the Instalment Plan (1936), but this delirious, fanatical and unreasonable account of the life of Semmelweiss predates them both. Ignacz Semmelweiss (1818-1865) was a doctor, now regarded as the father of the cure to antisepsis. His fellow doctors rejected both his reasoning and his methods, thereby...

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  • Theory Of The Great Game
    Theory Of The Great Game (English, Hardback) Dennis Duncan

    Between 1928 and 1930, the Paris magazine Le Grand Jeu (The Great Game) ran to three issues. During its brief period of activity, however, Le Grand Jeu was more than a little magazine that vanished in the orbit of the Surrealist movement. The journal was the public face of a tightly-bound group of artists and writers who since adolescence had systematically attacked their perceptions of reality by...

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  • The Dust Of Suns
    The Dust Of Suns (English, Paperback) Raymond Roussel

    This play by Roussel is not really a play, but a series of bizarre narratives cut up and distributed among the cast. It should be read as a novel, a novel as strange as anything he wrote, in other words very strange indeed.The Dust of Suns is the second of two plays Roussel wrote in response to heavy criticism of his previous 'adaptations'. Championed by Marcel Duchamp, yet still popularly...

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  • Liberty Or Love! And Mourning For Mourning
    Liberty Or Love! And Mourning For Mourning (English, Hardback) Robert Desnos

    Originally published in 1924 to immediate and lasting acclaim, Liberty or Love! is the story of Sanglot the Corsair's pursuit of the siren Louise Lame. Written by one of the most important surrealist writers of all time, Robert Desnos, the novel is filled with virtue and bravura, mystery and the marvellous, adventure and the erotic. Characters appear and vanish according to whim and desire, they...

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  • 3 New York Dadas And The Blind Man
    3 New York Dadas And The Blind Man (English, Hardback) Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roche

    Collects together a novel and a memoir of a triangular relationship during the early days of the Dada movement in New York along with its creative progeny, two magazines: The Blindman and Rongwrong. Henri-Pierre Roche is best known for his novel Jules et Jim, based on the three-sided relationship between himself, the artist Marcel Duchamp and the actress Beatrice Wood. A unique first-hand...

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  • The Living Are Few, The Dead Many
    The Living Are Few, The Dead Many (English, Paperback) Hans Henny Jahnn

    The inter-war literary scene in Europe was ripe with Gothic Romanticism and modernist literary Expressionism a la Doblin and Joyce. Hans Henny Jahnn created a 'crazed marriage' between these two in his personal cries of existential horror and guilt. Jahnn had both a repulsion and a fascination for mortality, which was reinforced by his unconventional sexuality and by his philosophy that celebrated...

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  • Cantatrix Sopranica L.
    Cantatrix Sopranica L. (English, Paperback) Georges Perec

    Perec, the legendary author of Life: A User's Manual, was fascinated by the possibility of employing non-fictional languages for altogether more mischievous purposes. This volume collects various texts in which he uses the expressionless terminology of sociology, entomology and linguistics to achieve effects they are distinctly designed to avoid. Not surprisingly, it is 'experimental', but it is...

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  • The Last Up
    The Last Up (English, Hardback) Jimmy Vee, Travis Miller $26.73
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  • Aurora And Cardinal Point
    Aurora And Cardinal Point (English, Paperback) Michel Leiris

    In this novel of extremes, whose author's distaste for 'things as they are' includes the whole idea of 'novels', Michel Leiris pursues his heroine, Aurora, through a visionary landscape shot through with catastrophe and disaster. His lucid and baroque language, with its incredible descriptions and ever more extravagant metaphors, is only just able to maintain the pursuit. Leiris participated in...

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  • An Anecdoted Topography Of Chance
    An Anecdoted Topography Of Chance (English, Hardback) Daniel Spoerri, Robert Filliou

    An Anecdoted Topography of Chance is now acknowledged as the most important, and most entertaining artists' book of the post-war period, and this edition is the definitive appearance of a unique collaborative work by four artists associated with various avant-garde art movements, including Fluxus and Nouveau Realisme. From out of the banal detritus of the everyday a virtual autobiography emerges:...

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  • Winter Journeys
    Winter Journeys (English, Hardback) Georges Perec, The Oulipo

    The Oulipo's members have included luminaries of the calibre of Italo Calvino, Marcel Duchamp and Georges Perec. In 1979 Georges Perec wrote a brief entertainment for a publisher's catalogue: The Winter Journey. It became his most reprinted text, and revealed an extraordinary literary discovery, a secret concealed at the heart of modern French literature. Following Perec's death, the group began...

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  • Little Jimmy Says, "Same Is Lame"
    Little Jimmy Says, "Same Is Lame" (English, Hardback) Jimmy Vee $19.36
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  • Blago Bung, Blago Bung, Bosso Fataka
    Blago Bung, Blago Bung, Bosso Fataka (English, Paperback) Hugo Ball, Richard Huelsenbeck

    The First Texts of German Dada Atlas Anti-Classics The German contribution to the Dada movement as it unfolded in Zurich during the first World War is still little known. This collection brings together three texts translated into English for the first time, which were essential for the very creation of the movement, and which influenced all its future developments in Paris, Berlin, New York and...

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  • The Lives Of Gods
    The Lives Of Gods (English, Paperback) Alberto Savinio

    A selection of Savinio's early stories, many of which appeared in Surrealist magazines in the thirties, and all of which are based on the re-telling of classical myths.

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