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  • 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 […]

  • Susan Neiman – Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy
    Susan Neiman – Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy
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    Evil threatens human reason, for it challenges our hope that the world makes sense. For eighteenth-century Europeans, the Lisbon earthquake was manifest evil. Today we view evil as a matter […]

  • A Mammal’s Notebook: The Writings of Erik Satie
    A Mammal’s Notebook: The Writings of Erik Satie
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    This is the largest selection, in any language, of the writings of Erik Satie (1866-1925). Although once dismissed as an eccentric, Satie has come to be seen as a key […]

  • Seasons They Change: The Story of Acid and Pyschedelic Folk
    Seasons They Change: The Story of Acid and Pyschedelic Folk
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    In the late 60s and early 70s the inherent weirdness of folk met switched-on psychedelic rock and gave birth to new, strange forms of acoustic-based avant-garde music. Artists on both […]

  • 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 […]

  • Erich Neumann – The Origins and History of Consciousness
    Erich Neumann – The Origins and History of Consciousness
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    The Origins and History of Consciousness draws on a full range of world mythology to show how individual consciousness undergoes the same archetypal stages of development as human consciousness [...]

  • 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 […]

  • Renata Salecl – Perversions of Love and Hate
    Renata Salecl – Perversions of Love and Hate
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    Why, when we are desperately in love, do we endlessly block union with our love object? Why do we often destroy what we love most? Why do we search out […]

  • Gus Moreno – This Thing Between Us
    Gus Moreno – This Thing Between Us
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    It was Vera’s idea to buy the Itza. The “world’s most advanced smart speaker!” didn’t interest Thiago, but Vera thought it would be a bit of fun for them amidst […]

  • Auguste Villiers De L’Isle Adam – Isis
    Auguste Villiers De L’Isle Adam – Isis
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    Here, presented in English in a long-belated translation by Brian Stableford, is Isis, the first novel of the acclaimed author of Contes cruels, Villiers de l’Isle-Adam. Deserving to be reckoned [...]

  • Hélène Picard – Sabbat
    Hélène Picard – Sabbat
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    Sabbat, by Hélène Picard (1873-1945), first published in 1923, is one of the most forthright contributions to the rich French tradition of “literary Satanism.” It was issued as part [...]

  • William Seabrook – Astounding Secrets of the Devil Worshippers’ Mystic Love Cult
    William Seabrook – Astounding Secrets of the Devil Worshippers’ Mystic Love Cult
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    “Beast or poet? Monster or moralist? Charlatan or magician? Genius or madman?” These are the questions William Seabrook, the great writer on such things as zombies and witchcraft, [...]

  • Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader
    Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader
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    Since launching his career at the Village Voice in the early 1980s Greg Tate has been one of the premiere critical voices on contemporary Black music, art, literature, film, and […]

  • Lucie Delarue-Mardrus – Amanit
    Lucie Delarue-Mardrus – Amanit
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    Amanit, is one of the most distinctive works that the highly distinctive Lucie Delarue-Mardrus ever produced, written in 1929, when the author was fifty-four years old, and her meteoric career [...]

  • Giorgio De Maira – The Twenty Days Of Turin
    Giorgio De Maira – The Twenty Days Of Turin
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    In the spare wing of a church-run sanatorium, some zealous youths create “the Library,” a space where lonely citizens can read one another’s personal diaries and connect with [...]

  • 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 […]

  • Andy Davidson – The Boatman’s Daughter
    Andy Davidson – The Boatman’s Daughter
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    Ever since her father was killed when she was just a child, Miranda Crabtree has kept her head down and her eyes up, ferrying contraband for a mad preacher and […]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 […]

  • Giovanni Intra – Clinic of Phantasms: Writings 1994-2002
    Giovanni Intra – Clinic of Phantasms: Writings 1994-2002
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    Artist, gallerist, and writer Giovanni Intra’s inventive approach to art writing provides a guide to the New Zealand and Los Angeles art scenes of his era. Everything you read about […]

  • Sun Ra: Collected Works Vol. 1 – Immeasurable Equation
    Sun Ra: Collected Works Vol. 1 – Immeasurable Equation
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    Sun Ra was a master jazz musician unlike any before or after him. Here is a stunning collection of 260 of his cosmic poems and selected prose.

  • 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 […]

  • An Anecdoted Topography of Chance: By Daniel Spoerri, Robert Filliou, Emmett Williams, Dieter Roth, Roland Topor.
    An Anecdoted Topography of Chance: By Daniel Spoerri, Robert Filliou, Emmett Williams, Dieter Roth, Roland Topor.
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    Originally published by Something Else Press in 1966 and now acknowledged as one of the most important and entertaining artists’ books of the postwar period, An Anecdoted Topography of [...]

  • 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 […]

  • The Hard Facts of the Grimms’ Fairy Tales: Expanded Edition
    The Hard Facts of the Grimms’ Fairy Tales: Expanded Edition
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    Murder, mutilation, cannibalism, infanticide, and incest: the darker side of classic fairy tales is the subject of this groundbreaking and intriguing study of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s [...]

  • Try to Tell a Fish about Water: The Art, Music, and Third Life of Norma Tenega
    Try to Tell a Fish about Water: The Art, Music, and Third Life of Norma Tenega
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    In addition to her accomplishments as a gifted musician and songwriter, Norma Tanega was a noted gallerist, teacher, and a central figure in the vibrant and homegrown creative scene of […]

  • 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 […]

  • Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy
    Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy
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    The foundational work on shamanism now available as a Princeton Classics paperback   Shamanism is an essential work on the study of this mysterious and fascinating phenomenon. The founder 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 […]

  • Ibn Khaldûn – The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History
    Ibn Khaldûn – The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History
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    The Muqaddimah, often translated as “Introduction” or “Prolegomenon,” is the most important Islamic history of the premodern world. Written by the great fourteenth-century [...]

  • Joseph Cornell – Dreams
    Joseph Cornell – Dreams
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    A selection of dream epiphanies and reveries from Joseph Cornell’s voluminous diaries Joseph Cornell is well known for the oneiric quality of his art and films. Many have tried, often […]

  • George Melly – Don’t Tell Sybil: A Libidinous Memoir of the Unusual Impresario of English Surrealism
    George Melly – Don’t Tell Sybil: A Libidinous Memoir of the Unusual Impresario of English Surrealism
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    Don’t Tell Sybil is a libidinous memoir by a master raconteur. George Melly (1926-2007) was impossible to ignore in London cultural circles between the 1950s and 90s. He first came […]

  • 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 [...]

  • The 12th Annual International Sound Poetry Festival – Boxset & Book
    The 12th Annual International Sound Poetry Festival – Boxset & Book
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    What our staff has to say: “Almost 5 hours of recordings from the 12th Annual International Sound Poetry Festival on 4 cassettes and including a lovely 240 page book documenting […]

  • 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 […]

  • Unica Zurn – The Man of Jasmine & Other Texts
    Unica Zurn – The Man of Jasmine & Other Texts
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    What our staff has to say: “A unique and disturbing memoir from an underread surrealist master” – Cleo Anagram play meets psychic crisis in Unica Zürn’s acclaimed [...]

  • 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.

  • Jan Morris – Hav
    Jan Morris – Hav
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    Hav is like no place on earth. Rumored to be the site of Troy, captured during the crusades and recaptured by Saladin, visited by Tolstoy, Hitler, Grace Kelly, and Princess […]

  • 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 […]

  • Love, Icebox: Letters from John Cage to Merce Cunningham
    Love, Icebox: Letters from John Cage to Merce Cunningham
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    Cage’s passionate, distraught and affectionate letters to Cunningham provide a vivid portrait of the start of their life together These early letters from John Cage to Merce Cunningham will [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Avant-Garde Film: Forms, Themes and Passions
    Avant-Garde Film: Forms, Themes and Passions
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    Avant-Garde Film: Forms, Themes and Passions examines the variety of concerns and practices that have comprised the long history of avant-garde film at a level appropriate for undergraduate [...]

  • The Cricket: Black Music in Evolution, 1968-69
    The Cricket: Black Music in Evolution, 1968-69
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    A rare document of the 1960s Black Arts Movement featuring Albert Ayler, Amiri Baraka, Milford Graves, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor and many more, The Cricket fostered critical and political dialogue [...]

  • Walter Benjamin – Illuminations: Essays and Reflections
    Walter Benjamin – Illuminations: Essays and Reflections
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    A selection of works from one of the most original cultural critics of the twentieth century–as selected by Hannah Arendt and including a classic essay of her own about Walter […]

  • 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 [...]

  • Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound
    Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound
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    Pink Noises brings together twenty-four interviews with women in electronic music and sound cultures, including club and radio DJs, remixers, composers, improvisers, instrument builders, and [...]

  • 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 […]