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Blackcattish Stories Here is the master absurdist’s inaugural collection, containing his hand-picked favorites from the pages of Le Chat Noir, the bohemian journal that amused and scandalized Paris. The Alphonse Allais Collection THE SQUADRON'S UMBRELLA
 Here are 39 tales that have amused and inspired generations, and now English readers can enjoy them in this first American edition
THE BLAIREAU AFFAIR A Novel Adapted to film four times, “L’Affaire Blaireau” has remained popular and in print in France since its original appearance in 1899. This is its first publication in English.
SELECTED PLAYS OF ALPHONSE ALLAIS A collection of Allais's rare theatrical texts, including ten monologues, three one-act plays, and twelve shorter dialogues, skits and burlesques.

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ALPHONSE ALLAIS (1854 – 1905) began his career in Paris during the Belle Epoque. He was particularly active at the legendary cabaret Le Chat Noir, where he wrote for and edited the weekly paper. He quickly became known for his deadpan wit and inexhaustible imagination. Among other things, he also exhibited some of the first monochromatic pictures (such as his all-white “First Communion of Chlorotic Girls in the Snow” in 1883) and composed the first silent piece of music: “Funeral March for the Obsequies of a Deaf Man” (1884). Throughout most of his life, he contributed columns several times a week to Le Journal and Le Sourire. These pieces were collected into twelve volumes, which he called his “Anthumous Works,” between 1892 and 1902. He also published a collection of his monochromes, Album Primo-Avrilesque, in 1897, and a novel, L’affaire Blaireau, in 1899, as well as a few plays. His later years were troubled by debt, a bad marriage, and heavy drinking; he died at 59. He was a crucial influence on Alfred Jarry, as well as on the Surrealists: Breton included him in his Anthology of Black Humor, and Duchamp was reading him on the day he died. Allais’s fascination with wordplay, puns, and holorhymes led Oulipo to call him an “anticipatory plagiarist”; the Pataphysical College dubbed him their “Patacessor.” His books have remained in print in France, and the Académie Alphonse Allais has awarded a literary prize in his honor since 1954.

 

Black Scat is proud to present these sublime translations by Doug Skinner.

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His Adventures, His Ideas, His Drinks A mammoth madcap trade paperback edition — the complete and unabridged translation of the original 1902 French classic. I AM SARCEY
 Allais transforms the esteemed drama critic into an Ubuesque piñata in a series of columns published under Sarcey's name. This sustained journalistic prank is classic black humor.

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