Artists' writings, Fiction First Edition Softcover 178 pages 20 x 13 cm Texts in French   New       EUR 20 ORDER

Kim Seob Boninsegni, 화병 Hwabyeong, Clinamen, 2017

Hwabyeong est une hypothèse. Sous couvert d’une nouvelle, une timeline se déroule cherchant sa voie entre réel et fiction, entre mémoire refoulée ou fantasmes sublimés. Hwabyeong est une ligne de feu, une colère froide - à la fois collective et individuelle - serpentant dans les méandres d’un outre-monde en proie au chaos.

Avec la participation de Yvan Alvarez, Luca Beeler, Nicolas Brulhart, Timothée Calame, Éléonore Chalié, Marie Matusz, Léo Wadimoff & Anonyme.

Fiction Paperback 272 pages Texts in French   New       EUR 26 ORDER

Denis Cooper, Guide, P.O.L., 2000

On retrouve dans Guide l’univers fantasmatique et esthétique de Closer, le premier roman de Dennis Cooper. On retrouve les garçons, la drogue, la musique, le désir de tuer et celui de mourir. On retrouve la vision hallucinatoire, décapante, d’une drôlerie perverse de Cooper. On retrouve, dans la lumière glauque d’une côte Ouest en pleine dérive, dans un L.A. mouvant, tout un monde en marge, des figures impossibles, des rites, des codes, des rythmes, un imaginaire choquant et éperdu auquel répond un monde sans issue. Mais ici l’auteur s’invente un double fictif qui, accentuant le brouillage entre la fiction et la réalité, déstabilise un peu plus le lecteur qui, confronté à la différence entre ce qui est possible dans une vie fantasmatique et ce qui est possible dans une vie réelle, va devoir interroger son propre trouble.

Fiction Softcover 95 pages Texts in French   Very good condition       EUR 20 ORDER

Alfred Jarry, ubu cocu, Trois Collines, 1944

“Achras – O mais c’est qué, voyez-vous bien, je n’ai point sujet d’être mécontent de mes polyèdres, ils font des petits toutes les six semaines, c’est pire que des lapins. Et il est bien vrai de dire que les polyèdres réguliers sont les plus fidèles et les plus attachés à leur maître ; sauf que l’Isocaèdre s’est révolté ce matin et que j’ai été forcé, voyez-vous bien, de lui flanquer une gifle sur chacune de ses faces. Et comme ça c’était compris. Et mon traité, voyez-vous bien, sur les mœurs des polyèdres qui s’avance : n’y a plus que vingt-cinq volumes à faire.“

Fiction First Edition Paperback 112 pages 17 x 11 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 11 ORDER

Tina Braegger, The Grateful Dead – A Diary by Gabriel Krampus, BECKBOOKS, 2016

Gabriel Krampus lives with his wife on a deserted island of the Idian ocean. They are both artists. At 84 years old, he decides to publish his diary, written 8 years earlier, in 2059.

“To have an island all by myself was my dream since forever, to be able to work without worldly distractions. My wife had always made conceptual work. She wanted to be buried in a beautiful place, and our private little island can definitely be described as such, so now for almost 44 years she has been watching the weather change, the time pass, the ocean come and go.“

Anthology, Fiction Second Edition Soft cover, perfect binding 300 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 32 out of stock

François Peraldi, Polysexuality (Semiotext(e) #10), Semiotext(e), 1995

Originally conceived as a special Semiotext(e) issue on homosexuality at the end of the 70s, “Polysexuality” quickly evolved into a more complex and iconoclastic project whose intent was to do away with recognized genders altogether, considered far too limitative. The project landed somewhere between humor, anarchy, science-fiction, utopia and apocalypse. In the few years that it took to put it together, it also evolved from a joyous schizo concept to a darker, neo-Lacanian elaboration on the impossibility of sexuality. The tension between the two, occasionally perceptible, is the theoretical subtext of the issue. Upping the ante on gender distinctions, “Polysexuality” started by blowing wide open all sexual classifications, inventing unheard-of categories, regrouping singular features into often original configurations, like Corporate Sex, Alimentary Sex, Soft or Violent Sex, Discursive Sex, Self- Sex, Animal Sex, Child Sex, Morbid Sex, or Sex of the Gaze. Mixing documents, interviews, fiction, theory, poetry, psychiatry and anthropology, “Polysexuality” became the encyclopedia sexualis of a continent that is still emerging. What it displayed in all its forms could be called, broadly speaking, the Sexuality of Capital. (Actually the issue being rather hot, it was decided to cool it off somewhat by only using “capitals” throughout the issue. It was also the first issue for which we used the computer).
 
Includes work by Alain Robbe-Grillet, Félix Guattari, Paul Verlaine, William S.Burroughs, Georges Bataille, Pierre Klossowski, Roland Barthes, Paul Virilio, Peter Lamborn Wilson, and more.


 

Fiction First Edition Paperback 348 pages 17 x 10 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 20 ORDER

K.D., Headless, Sternberg Press, 2015

When workaday author John Barlow is asked to ghostwrite a novel about secretive tax havens, he assumes the job will be straightforward. Then he learns that his employers, Swedish conceptual artist duo Goldin+Senneby, want him to investigate Headless Ltd, a shadowy company with possible links to French philosopher Georges Bataille, famed for his fixation with human sacrifice. Barlow travels to Nassau, the mecca of offshore finance, to uncover the plot. He is not alone. A beautiful, mysterious woman is also seeking the truth about Headless—and about Barlow. One day the ghostwriter is happily posting to his travel blog; the next he is implicated in the decapitation of a police officer, consumed by the dark world of covert capitalism and secret societies. Barlow’s probing becomes desperate. The more he grasps at the threads of the labyrinthine plot, the closer he comes to madness.

Fiction Softcover Texts in French   Good condition       EUR 12 out of stock

Alfred Jarry, Les jours et les nuits, Mercure de France, 1948

Quelques mois après qu'Ubu roi, représenté au théâtre de l'Œuvre, eut fait connaître le nom d'Alfred Jarry, Les jours et les nuits, roman d'un déserteur paraît au Mercure de France. On est en 1897 et l'affaire Dreyfus commence à diviser l'opinion. Aussi a-t-on pu voir dans Les jours et les nuits une œuvre antimilitariste, attaquant plus spécialement la médecine militaire. Mais Sengle, le héros du livre, n'est pas un déserteur au sens strict où l'on entend ce mot dans l'armée. Sa manière de déserter, c'est de se dédoubler pour jouer avec son double. «Deux thèmes majeurs se laissent facilement apercevoir : désertion militaire et désertion érotique», écrivait le grand spécialiste de Jarry, J.H. Saintmont. Le rêve et la réalité alternent comme le jour et la nuit, d'où le titre. Au bout du rêve du soldat Sengle guettent le narcissisme et la folie.
Comme l'a écrit Maurice Saillet dans son essai Sur la route de Narcisse, «les fervents d'Alfred Jarry ont une secrète préférence pour Les jours et les nuits, qui n'est pas plus satisfaisant, au point de vue du roman classique, que l'Ulysse de James Joyce (il y aurait un parallèle intéressant à établir entre ces deux monstres narratifs), mais prend à distance, comme poème, la valeur d'une porte entrebâillée sur le mystère de son auteur».

Fiction First Edition Softcover 380 pages Texts in French   New       EUR 25 ORDER

Guillaume Dustan, Oeuvres I: Dans ma chambre; Je sors ce soir; Plus fort que moi, P.O.L., 2013

Mort à trente-neuf ans, Guillaume Dustan (1965-2005) laisse une œuvre dont l’aspect provocateur n’a pas facilité la transmission. La dispersion de ses écrits entre plusieurs éditeurs et l’évolution spectaculaire de son écriture et de sa pensée ont brouillé son image. À la suite d’Hervé Guibert, Guillaume Dustan est un des grands autobiographes de notre temps. Il fallait, pour saisir l’importance de ses livres, une édition complète. Ce premier volume des Œuvres, qui sera suivi de deux autres, regroupe la première trilogie parue aux éditions P.O.L entre 1996 et 1998, Dans ma chambre, Je sors ce soir et Plus fort que moi.

Cette édition accompagnée d’une préface, d’une présentation et de notes pour chaque texte, est dirigée par Thomas Clerc.

Fiction First Edition Paperback 164 pages Texts in English   Normal used condition       EUR 60 out of stock

Yayoi Kusama, hustlers grotto – three novellas, Wandering Mind Books, 1998

The Hustlers Grotto of Christopher Street
Foxgloves of Central Park
Death Smell Acacia

«Like her painting and collages, sculpture, environments and happenings that are now icons of the 1960s, her writing is hallucinatory, structured by repetition, and obsessed with sexual imagery that is violent, fantastic and laughable all at once. (...) Her novels and poetry have acquired cult status in Japan's literary vanguard since Manhattan Suicide Addict, her autobiographical novel of life as an artist in downtown New York, was first published in 1978. (...) This volume presents three of Kusama's most well-known novellas superbly translated by Ralph F. McCarthy.» (extract of the book's afterword by Alexandra Munroe, 1997.)

Fiction First Edition Hardcover with dust jacket 167 pages Texts in English   Very good condition       EUR 25 ORDER

Jeanette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry, Bloomsbury, 1989

“Every journey conceals another journey within its lines; the path not taken and the forgotten angle. (...) The pineapple arrived today. Jordan carried it in his arms as though it were a yellow baby. With the wisdom of Solomon he prepared to slice it in two.“

In the reign of Charles the Second, the first pineapple came to England. Who brought it and why? Pineapples as metaphor is not the only fruit to be both real and imaginary. This is a story which ebulliently rejects any single reading of history or life and revels in the multiplicity of truth and time.

Fiction First Edition Softcover 53 pages 23 x 17 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 14 ORDER

Peter Wächtler, The Set, (SIC), Etablissement d'en face, 2011

The book describes the film set of "Valkyrie", the most recent film on the failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler by leading generals of the German Army in 1944. The main figure in the plot is Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg impersonated by Tom Cruise, which caused a public dispute on his suitability to play the role concerning his Scientology membership, his sunny action image and his somewhat American aura commented by an offended German actor, who was turned down for the main role. Mainly the text depicts four days at the Valkyrie Set in summer 2007 from the perspective of a military extra, meeting colleagues, set hierarchy, stardom and disenchanted freelancing labour.

Born 1979 in Hannover, Peter Wächtler lives and works in Brussels and Berlin.

Fiction Soft cover, perfect binding 276 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 22 ORDER

Kathy Acker, Pussy, King of the Pirates, Grove Press, 1996

Loosely related to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island, Pussy, King of the Pirates is a grrrl pirate story that journeys from the most famous whorehouse in Alexandria though an unidentified, crumbling city that may or may not be sometime in the future, to Brighton Town, England, and, finally, to a ship headed toward Pirate Island, where the stories converge and the vision ends.

Ransacking world history, literature, and language itself to speak to the current zeitgeist, Pussy, King of the Pirates is the literary analogue to the wild girl energy that dominates our rock and roll culture in the 1990s. A daring and passionate litany of disparate narratives and voices, poetry and prose, words and images, Kathy Acker’s newest novel is perhaps her most subversive to date. Her meditations on love, sex, death, and art have made her a writer like no one else working today.

Fiction Soft cover, perfect binding 165 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 24 ORDER

Kathy Acker, Blood and Guts in High School, Grove Press, 2000

Jamey lived in the locked room. Twice a day the Persian slave trader came in and taught her to be a whore. Otherwise there was nothing. Once day she found a pencil stub and scrap of paper in a forgotten corner of the room. She began to write down he life, starting with Parents stink (Her father, who is also her boyfriend, has fallen in love with another woman and is about to leave her). With Blood and Guts in High School, Kathy Acker, whose work has been labeled everthing from post-punk porn to post-punk feminism, has created a brilliantly subversive narrative built from conversation, description, conjecture, and moments snatched from history and literature.

Fiction New edition Hardcover 288 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 17 ORDER

Chris Kraus, I Love Dick, Tuskar Rock Press, 2015

When Chris Kraus, an unsuccessful artist pushing 40, spends an evening with a rogue academic named Dick, she falls madly and inexplicably in love, enlisting her husband in her haunted pursuit. Dick proposes a kind of game between them, but when he fails to answer their letters Chris continues alone, transforming an adolescent infatuation into a new form of philosophy. Blurring the lines of fiction, essay and memoir, Chris Kraus's novel was a literary sensation when it was first published in 1997 by Semiotex(e). 

Fiction Soft cover, perfect binding 125 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 23 ORDER

Lucy McKenzie, Alan Michael, Unlawful Assembly, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2015

Unlawful Assembly is a collection of interrelated short stories by the artists Lucy McKenzie and Alan Michael. First published in a limited edition, it was intended as a cheap holiday read to entertain summer visitors to the Mediterranean island of Stromboli, and as a site-specific work.

Fiction First Edition Softcover 128 pages 17 x 11 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 14 ORDER

Richard Hawkins, Fragile Flowers, Les presses du réel, 2013

“Everywhere dark-eyed incredibly handsome college-age youths with fresh haircuts and unshaved chins approached with ebullient grins to offer, with corny charming salutations and flirting flattering winks, any and every service: “Ya'll'd like a beer on the house mister?”“

Richard Hawkins' first book of fiction: eight jubilatory and decadent short stories.

 

Fiction First Edition Softcover 256 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 21 ORDER

Chris Kraus, Summer of Hate, Semiotext(e), 2012

Waking up from the chilling high of a near-death sex game, Catt Dunlop travels to Albuquerque in 2005 to reinvest some windfall real-estate gains and reengage with something approximating “real life.” Aware that the critical discourse she has used to build her career as a visiting professor and art critic is really a cipher for something else, she hopes that buying and fixing slum buildings will bring her more closely in touch with American life than the essays she writes.

In Albuquerque, she becomes romantically involved with Paul Garcia, a recently sober ex-con who has just served sixteen months in state prison for defrauding Halliburton Industries, his former employer, of $873. Almost forty years old, Paul is highly intelligent but has only been out of New Mexico twice. He has no information. With Catt’s help, he makes plans to attend UCLA, only to be arrested on a ten-year-old bench warrant en route.

Fiction First Edition Softcover 248 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 21 ORDER

Mark Von Schlegell, Venusia, Semiotext(e), 2005

Primitive literacy is redundant. Mere words are expelled. We inaugurate a world of pure presence. The mind, that intrudes itself between ourselves and those memories too terrible to know, must keep us moving beyond the grasp of their claw. To control the flow, it will be necessary that political order be imposed always temporarily. The state shall enjoy direct, creative access to the real.It's the end of the twenty-third century. Earth has violently self-destructed. Venusia, an experimental off-world colony, survives under the enlightened totalitarianism of the Princeps Crittendon regime. Using industrialized narcotics, holographic entertainment, and memory control, Crittendon has turned Venusia into a self-sustaining system of relative historical inertia. But when mild-mannered junk dealer Rogers Collectibles finds a book about early Venusian history, the colony -- once fully immersed in the present -- begins losing its grip on the real. With his Reality-V girlfriend Martha Dobbs, neuroscop operator Sylvia Yang, his midget friend Niftus Norrington, and a sentient plant, Rogers wages a war to alter the shape of spacetime, and in the process, revisions the whole human (and vegetable) condition.

Anthology, Fiction First Edition Paperback 640 pages 19 x 12 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 30 ORDER

Clarice Lispector, Complete Stories, Penguin Modern Classic, 2015

Clarice Lispector was one of the most blistering and innovative twentieth-century writers of the short story. This collection, gathering all her stories together for the first time in English, shows us abandonments and dependencies, animals too deeply loved and then eaten, the smallest woman in the world, moments of madness and passions that have the ferocity of a fork plunged into a good friend's neck. Together they follow the evolution of a writer capable of capturing all the incredible heat and wonder of existence.

Fiction First ed. of 1000 copies Paperback 148 pages Texts in French   Normal used condition       EUR 110 ORDER

Pierre Klossowski, Roberte ce soir, Les éditions de minuit, 1953

Dans Roberte ce soir, l’auteur s’est borné à déduire du sacrement de mariage une réaction en chaîne à partir de l’anneau conjugal. Si l’on prend à la lettre le couple nucléaire qu’il a représenté - le mari, Octave ne se figurant sa femme Roberte autrement que se surprenant elle-même à se laisser surprendre, celle-ci se jetant dans des initiatives qui doivent la convaincre de sa liberté, quand elles ne feraient que confirmer la vision de l’époux –, on serait encore dans l’invraisemblable. « La vie n’est point réelle », dit l’auteur. Les pensées peuvent s’insinuer ainsi dans les silences et dans le fond de propos qui roulent sur n’importe quoi d’autre, sauf sur ce genre d’attrape concerté. « Mais nous avons vécu de la sorte à nous reprocher mutuellement de ne nous écouter point quand nous nous parlions l’un à l’autre. »

Avec six illustrations de l'auteur.

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