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.
FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION
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.
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