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  • Martin Wong: Footprints, Poems, and Leaves
    Martin Wong: Footprints, Poems, and Leaves
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    A rich and engaging facsimile of the artist’s first visual poetry book, self-published in 1968 The paintings of Chinese American artist Martin Wong (1946-99) are celebrated for their [...]

  • Marguerite Young – Miss Macintosh, My Darling
    Marguerite Young – Miss Macintosh, My Darling
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    This novel is one of the most ambitious and remarkable literary achievements of our time. It is a picaresque, psychological novel—a novel of the road, a journey or voyage of […]

  • Gabrielle Wittkop – Exemplary Departures
    Gabrielle Wittkop – Exemplary Departures
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    Exemplary Departures consists of five exquisitely wrought novellas depicting five “exemplary” deaths in various exotic locations around the globe: a gentleman spy disappears with his [...]

  • Emmett Williams – Sweethearts
    Emmett Williams – Sweethearts
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    A founding member of Fluxus and the concrete poetry movement, Emmett Williams (1925-2007) made several performances and poems that stand today as defining gems of those genres. Among them is […]

  • Arkady & Boris Strugatsky – Hard To Be A God
    Arkady & Boris Strugatsky – Hard To Be A God
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    Arkady and Boris Strugatsky are widely known as the greatest Russian writers of science fiction, and their 1964 novel Hard to Be a God is considered one of the greatest […]

  • Jose Donoso – The Obscene Bird Of Night
    Jose Donoso – The Obscene Bird Of Night
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    Deep in a maze of musty, forgotten hallways, Mudito rummages through piles of old newspapers. The mute caretaker of a crumbling former abbey, he is hounded by a coven of […]

  • Carmelo Bene – Our Lady of the Turks
    Carmelo Bene – Our Lady of the Turks
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    Carmelo Bene (1937–2002) was a notorious Italian actor, writer, and director who inaugurated his theater in 1959 with Camus’ Caligula then exploded onto the artistic scene with his outré Christ [...]

  • Joy Williams – The Changeling
    Joy Williams – The Changeling
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    With a new introduction by Karen Russell, the 40th anniversary edition of The Changeling is a visionary fairy tale and a work of mythic genius by one of our best […]

  • Russell Hoban – Ridley Walker (expanded edition)
    Russell Hoban – Ridley Walker (expanded edition)
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    Riddley Walker is a brilliant, unique, completely realized work of fiction. One reads it again and again, discovering new wonders every time through. Set in a remote future in a […]

  • Heather Lewis – Notice
    Heather Lewis – Notice
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    A classic queer text of trauma, written by one of the most talented novelists of her generation. The reason it’s never just once is the same reason money’s only a […]

  • We Jazz Issue 09: Oisters
    We Jazz Issue 09: Oisters
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    The ninth issue of We Jazz Magazine, Oisters. Featuring: Jason Moran, Carlos Garnett, Oren Ambarchi, Darius Jones, Black Fire Records, Robyn Steward, columnist Mats Gustafsson, reviews, and more. [...]

  • We Jazz Issue 05: Amaryllis
    We Jazz Issue 05: Amaryllis
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    2022 release. The fifth issue of We Jazz Magazine, Amaryllis for Mary Halvorson. All articles presented in English. Stories include Mary Halvorson by Peter Margasak, Pi Recordings by Will Layman, [...]

  • We Jazz Issue 04: The Call
    We Jazz Issue 04: The Call
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    2022 release. The fourth issue of We Jazz Magazine, The Call for Horace Tapscott. All articles presented in English. Stories include Horace Tapscott by Andy Thomas, Tigran Hamasyan by Rui […]

  • We Jazz Issue 03: Tetragon
    We Jazz Issue 03: Tetragon
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    2022 release. This is the third issue of the new We Jazz Magazine, Tetragon for Joe Henderson. All articles presented in English. Stories include Joe Henderson by Daniel Spicer, International [...]

  • We Jazz Issue 02: Pursuance
    We Jazz Issue 02: Pursuance
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    We Jazz follows the success of the sold out debut issue of their new magazine with issue number 2 (Fall 2021), entitled “Pursuance”. The cover story by Ashley Kahn features […]

  • We Jazz Issue 08 Summer 2023: Shadow Shapes
    We Jazz Issue 08 Summer 2023: Shadow Shapes
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    The eighth issue of We Jazz Magazine, Shadow Shapes for Dorothy Ashby. All articles presented in English. Dorothy Ashby by David Mittleman, Don Cherry by Magnus Nygren, Peter Evans by […]

  • We Jazz Issue 06 Winter 2022: Revelation
    We Jazz Issue 06 Winter 2022: Revelation
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    2022 release. The sixth issue of We Jazz Magazine, Revelation for Black Jazz Records. All articles presented in English. Stories include Black Jazz Records by Daniel Spicer, As-Shams by Andy […]

  • Harald Voetmann – Sublunar
    Harald Voetmann – Sublunar
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    A great mind and a formidable personality, Brahe is also the world’s most illustrious noseless man of his time. Told by Brahe and his assistants–a filthy cast of characters– [...]

  • Nelson Algren – A Walk On The Wild Side
    Nelson Algren – A Walk On The Wild Side
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    With its depictions of the downtrodden prostitutes, bootleggers, and hustlers of Perdido Street in the old French Quarter of 1930s New Orleans, Nelson Algren’s A Walk in the Wild Side […]

  • Fernanda Melchor – Paradais
    Fernanda Melchor – Paradais
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    Inside a luxury housing complex, two misfit teenagers sneak around and get drunk. Franco Andrade, lonely, overweight, and addicted to porn, obsessively fantasizes about seducing his neighbor—an [...]

  • Will Oldham & Lori Damiano – Shorty’s Ark
    Will Oldham & Lori Damiano – Shorty’s Ark
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    Shorty’s Ark is a book for young readers, a collaborative effort between Will Oldham and graphic artist Lori Damiano, based on the song from the album Superwolves by Matt Sweeney […]

  • Michel Leiris – Aurora and Cardinal Point
    Michel Leiris – Aurora and Cardinal Point
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    This volume collects two classics of Surrealist fiction, both long out of print, by the writer and ethnographer Michel Leiris (1901–1990). Close to Georges Bataille, Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre and [...]

  • Trinh T. Minh-Ha: The Twofold Commitment
    Trinh T. Minh-Ha: The Twofold Commitment
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    At once an artist’s book and an interview collection by Vietnamese filmmaker, writer and feminist and postcolonial theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha (born 1952), The Twofold Commitment centers on [...]

  • John O’Brien – Leaving Las Vegas
    John O’Brien – Leaving Las Vegas
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    What our staff has to say: “Forget the wack and overly sentimental movie, John O’Brien’s first novel is both a disturbing descent into hell and the best thing to come […]

  • Mariana Dimópulos -Imminence
    Mariana Dimópulos -Imminence
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    A new mother holds her month-old son for the first time, but her body betrays her with an absence of feeling. Disoriented, she wanders with her partner around their plant-filled […]

  • Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Live Audio Essays
    Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Live Audio Essays
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    An anthology of Abu Hamdan’s disquieting audio-essay monologues on the soundscape of political life This volume compiles transcripts from performances and films by Beirut-based Lawrence Abu [...]

  • Louis Aragon – Anicet or the Panorama: A Dadaist Novel
    Louis Aragon – Anicet or the Panorama: A Dadaist Novel
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    This novel, much of it written amidst the horror of the trenches when Louis Aragon (1897–1982) was a medical orderly during the First World War, demonstrates the chasm that separates […]

  • Leonard Cohen – A Ballet of Lepers: A Novel and Stories
    Leonard Cohen – A Ballet of Lepers: A Novel and Stories
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    A never-before-published early novel and stories by the legendary musician, songwriter, and poet Leonard Cohen Before Leonard Cohen’s worldwide fame expanded to fourteen studio albums, Grammy [...]

  • Robert Desnos – Liberty or Love! and Mourning for Mourning
    Robert Desnos – Liberty or Love! and Mourning for Mourning
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    A literary masterpiece of early Surrealism from the virtuoso of automatic writing, Robert Desnos Mystery, the marvelous, the city of Paris transmuted by love, and Sanglot the Corsair’s pursuit of [...]

  • Léon Genonceaux – The Tutu: Morals of the Fin de Siècle
    Léon Genonceaux – The Tutu: Morals of the Fin de Siècle
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    The nineteenth-century French writer and publisher Léon Genonceaux (1856―?) is as much of an enigma as those two legendary enfants terribles whom he was the first to publish: Arthur Rimbaud […]

  • Count Stenbock – The Shadow Of Death
    Count Stenbock – The Shadow Of Death
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    Here, presented for the first time in paperback format, and limited edition hardcover, is an unabridged edition of Count Eric Stenbock’s third and last collection of poetry, which was originally [...]

  • Élémir Bourges – The Twilight of the Gods
    Élémir Bourges – The Twilight of the Gods
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    Long out of print in English, and here offered for the first time in a restored format, The Twilight of the Gods, Élémir Bourges’ acknowledged masterpiece, was originally published in […]

  • Jean Lorrain – The Blood Of The Gods
    Jean Lorrain – The Blood Of The Gods
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    Jean Lorrain, later famous as the author of such Decadent masterpieces as Nightmares of an Ether Drinker and Errant Vice, began his literary career in 1882 with the book of […]

  • The William H. Gass Reader
    The William H. Gass Reader
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    Throughout his career, William Gass relentlessly pushed at the boundaries of language, celebrating the music of the sentence and the aesthetics of the written word. Now, the best and most […]

  • Islamic Mystical Poetry
    Islamic Mystical Poetry
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    Written from the ninth to the twentieth century, these poems represent the peak of Islamic Mystical writing, from Rabia Basri to Mian Mohammad Baksh. Reflecting both private devotional love and [...]

  • Maggot Brain #12
    Maggot Brain #12
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    Crazy Doberman ? Erick’s Bradshaw delivers an epic, well-illustrated tour diary of a brief jaunt with these noise greats. Composer TAYONDAI BRAXTON by Katy Henricksen! A meaty, beautiful [...]

  • William S. Burroughs – Break Through In Grey Room
    William S. Burroughs – Break Through In Grey Room
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    Inspired by the original Industrial Records release of William S. Burroughs’s Nothing Here Now but the Recordings, Belgian record label Sub Rosa worked with Burroughs to release another [...]

  • William S. Burroughs – Nothing Here Now But The Recordings
    William S. Burroughs – Nothing Here Now But The Recordings
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    In 1980, Genesis P-Orridge and Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson of (then-)Throbbing Gristle travelled to New York City to meet up at the fortified apartment, known as The Bunker, of [...]

  • Ahmad Shamlou – Born Upon the Dark Spear
    Ahmad Shamlou – Born Upon the Dark Spear
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    Chasm. Mist. Dark Song. Hour of Execution. Behind the Wall. These are just some of the poetic titles of Ahmad Shamlu (1925-2000) that together form the cipher to one of […]

  • Paul Celan – Microliths They Are, Little Stones: Posthumous Prose
    Paul Celan – Microliths They Are, Little Stones: Posthumous Prose
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    In the mid-fifties Paul Celan suggested that he had a mind for writing that “would be a bit more sober & more spacious” than his poems. And yet, in his […]

  • Steven Cline – Amok!
    Steven Cline – Amok!
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    In this collection of recent texts, American surrealist artist Steven Cline has opened the floodgates to his inner worlds, demanding that we take a look. When we do, we are […]

  • Ishmael Reed – Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down
    Ishmael Reed – Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down
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    Ishmael Reed’s classic Neo-HooDoo Western, a classic from the Dalkey catalog, is presented here in a long-awaited republication with a new introduction.

  • Unica Zürn – The Trumpets of Jericho
    Unica Zürn – The Trumpets of Jericho
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    This fierce fable of childbirth by German Surrealist Unica Zürn was written after she had already given birth to two children and undergone the self-induced abortion of another in Berlin […]

  • Anselm Hollo – The Tortoise of History
    Anselm Hollo – The Tortoise of History
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    Anselm Hollo (1934–2013) authored more than forty books and was an award-winning translator. Born in Helsinki, Finland, he was fluent in German, Swedish, Finnish, and English by age ten. Hollo [...]

  • Robert Desnos – The Die Is Cast
    Robert Desnos – The Die Is Cast
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    A startlingly contemporary portrait of drug addiction in prewar Paris Published in 1943 (just a year before its author was arrested by the Gestapo for his Resistance activities), The Die […]

  • Three New York Dadas and the Blind Man: Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roché, Beatrice Wood
    Three New York Dadas and the Blind Man: Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roché, Beatrice Wood
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    Three New York Dadas and The Blind Man relates the story of the triangular relationship between Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roché and Beatrice Wood, told in the words of two of […]

  • Gabrielle Wittkop – Murder Most Serene
    Gabrielle Wittkop – Murder Most Serene
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    In the last days of the Venetian Republic, the successive wives of Count Alvise Lanzi suffer mysterious, agonizing deaths. Murder Most Serene offers a cruel portrait of a beautiful but […]

  • Gerard De Nerval – Aurelia & Other Writings
    Gerard De Nerval – Aurelia & Other Writings
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    A harrowing document of a descent into madness, by France’s defining poet of bohemian romanticism Aurelia is French poet and novelist Gérard de Nerval’s account of his descent into [...]

  • A Something Else Reader
    A Something Else Reader
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    A previously unpublished anthology of classic texts from Something Else Press, assembled in the 1970s by Dick Higgins, with works by John Cage, Al Hansen, Claes Oldenburg and many more […]

  • Joseph Kessel – Army Of Shadows
    Joseph Kessel – Army Of Shadows
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    Originally published in Algiers in 1943, Joseph Kessel’s Army of Shadows is one of the first books to have been written about the French Resistance. Now available in paperback, Contra […]

  • Renata Adler – Pitch Dark
    Renata Adler – Pitch Dark
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    The second novel by Renata Adler, Pitch Dark is a personal love story, in Adler’s distinctive, fragmentary prose.

  • Cormac McCarthy – The Passenger
    Cormac McCarthy – The Passenger
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    1980, PASS CHRISTIAN, MISSISSIPPI: It is three in the morning when Bobby Western zips the jacket of his wet suit and plunges from the Coast Guard tender into darkness. His […]

  • Ann Quin – Tripticks
    Ann Quin – Tripticks
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    What our staff has to say: “A joyful & experimental deathtrip of a science fiction novel” – Cleo First published in 1972, Ann Quin’s fourth and final novel was a […]

  • Constance DeJong – Reader
    Constance DeJong – Reader
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    The first anthology of the multivocal, narrational, performative writings of the intermedia pioneer, who has quietly influenced generations of New York artists and writers from Kathy Acker to [...]

  • Herta Muller – Nadirs
    Herta Muller – Nadirs
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    Juxtaposing reality and fantasy, nightmares and dark laughter, Nadirs is a collection of largely autobiographical stories based on Herta Müller’s childhood in the Romanian countryside. The [...]

  • The Wire – #463 September 2022
    The Wire – #463 September 2022
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    On the cover… Neu! + 50 Years Of Motorik A special cover feature on the motorik rock originators Neu! to mark half a century since their game-changing debut album. This […]

  • Maggie Nelson – Bluets
    Maggie Nelson – Bluets
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    Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color . . . A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and […]

  • Violette Leduc – Thérèse and Isabelle
    Violette Leduc – Thérèse and Isabelle
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    “Violette Leduc was Simone de Beauvoir’s protege, an erotic writer to match Jean Genet and a feminist tour de force” (Rafia Zakaria, The Guardian). With this startling new translation of Leduc’s [...]

  • The Wire  – #460 June 2022
    The Wire – #460 June 2022
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    “On the cover: Phew. The Japanese punk survivor and intrepid vocalist/composer continues to build an impressive catalogue of collaborations, solo projects and band work in a career now [...]

  • Maggot Brain – Issue #9
    Maggot Brain – Issue #9
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    WELCOME TO MAGGOT BRAIN #9 – RAYMOND PETTIBON ON THE COVER! RAYMOND PETTIBON: IN CONVERSATION WITH ADAM WOODHEAD JOHN BRANNON: NEGATIVE APPROACH HONCHO UNLOADS JOHN WATERS: THE RETURN OF THE […]