Alphonse Allais's third collection finds him in full anti-bilious form: love stories, revenge stories, monologues, short-shorts, and animal stories—all affronting the reader with startlingly modern absurdity, black humor, and wordplay. Among the highlights are "Absinthes," an internal monologue about the Green Fairy; "Poor Césarine," a tale of obsessive love; and "A Good Society," which proposes collecting used matches for the poor. As a bonus, six uncollected stories are included. PLUS illustrations and informative notes on the text by Doug Skinner.

 

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MARCO & IARLAITH: A Novel in Flash Fictions by Eckhard Gerdes. A father and son, living along the banks of a river in a run-down cottage. Neither is employed full-time. Iarlaith works in a foundry sorting rudimentary fonts into upper and lower cases. Marco collects trash from along the riverbank, finding flotsam and rubbish discarded by tourists who use the riverbank as their jogging path. From this, Marco builds assemblage sculptures, which tourists buy from the local consignment shop. These are stories from their marginal existence, in which getting into trouble is as easy as doing nothing.

In 1911—seven years before Max Ernst took up scissors & paste to create his early Dada —WHAT A LIFE! was published in London. This satirical autobiography is an inspired  act of vandalism and the precursor to many works of avant-garde collage art and satire.

 

 

 

FROM JEF BOOKS: "Six years of “sublime art & literature” published by the iconoclastic house of Black Scat Books is chronicled in this illustrated bibliography, compiled by Grace Murray. Featuring over 100 titles by writers, artists, and poets from around the world. This unique reference will delight collectors, bibliomaniacs and anyone fascinated by avant-garde publishing in America."

 

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