NOVELS AND SHORT STORIES BY AUTHOR

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Murder Most Serene

By Gabrielle Wittkop. Introduction and translation by Louise Rogers Lalaurie.

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 corrupt city-state and its equally extravagant and corrupt inhabitants. Redolent of darkness, death, poison and transgression, it is also an over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek Venetian romp. Rich in historical detail and bursting with bejeweled putrescence, Gabrielle Wittkop's chilling memento mori eschews the murder mystery in which it is garbed for a scintillating depiction of physical, moral, societal and institutional corruption, in which the author plays the role of puppeteer--"present, masked as convention dictates, while in a Venice on the brink of downfall, women gorged with venom burst like wineskins."
Self-styled heir to the Marquis de Sade, Gabrielle Wittkop (1920-2002) was a French author who wrote a remarkable series of novels and travelogues, all laced with sardonic humor and dark sexuality, with recurrent themes of death, disease and decrepitude. After meeting Justus Wittkop, a German deserter, in Paris under the Occupation, she hid him from the Nazis and then married him after the war, in what she described as an "intellectual alliance," given he was homosexual. He would commit suicide in 1986, with her approval, after being diagnosed with Parkinson's. Her first novel, The Necrophiliac, appeared in 1972, but a number of her books have only been made available since her own suicide in 2002, after she was diagnosed with lung cancer.
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The Millions

Matt Seidel

Readers would be well advised to don a Hazmat suit before wading into the thrilling, pestilential world of French writer Gabrielle Wittkop... The entire novella revolves around... lurid, impressionistic snapshots of a gossipy, shadowy world... [with] lavish attention paid to the aesthetics of how certain poisons, “painterly magicians,” act on the human visage.

Music & Literature

By far the most radical of Wittkop’s works thus far available in English, a fascinating…..exploration of Calvinistic world-weariness.

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Exemplary Departures

EXEMPLARY DEPARTURES

By Gabrielle Wittkop. Afterword and translation by Annette David.

WAKEFIELD PRESS

ISBN: 9781939663139 | US $16.95

Pub Date: 11/24/2015
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Murder Most Serene

MURDER MOST SERENE

By Gabrielle Wittkop. Introduction and translation by Louise Rogers Lalaurie.

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Pub Date: 11/24/2015
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Lesabéndio

LESABéNDIO

By Paul Scheerbart.

WAKEFIELD PRESS

ISBN: 9780984115594 | US $16.95

Pub Date: 12/30/2012
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The Book of Monelle

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By Marcel Schwob. Translation by Kit Schluter.

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ISBN: 9780984115587 | US $12.95

Pub Date: 11/30/2012
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The High Life

THE HIGH LIFE

By Jean-Pierre Martinet. Translated by Henry Vale.

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ISBN: 9780984115570 | US $11.95

Pub Date: 5/31/2012
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THE LEG OF LAMB

By Benjamin Péret.

WAKEFIELD PRESS

ISBN: 9780984115532 | US $17.95

Pub Date: 4/30/2011
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THE BLACK FLAME OF PARADISE (A NOVEL)

By Zachary Cahill. Preface by Catherine Malabou.

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ISBN: 9788867493395 | US $19.00

Pub Date: 2/19/2019
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Curl

CURL

By T.O. Bobe. Translation by Sean Cotter.

WAKEFIELD PRESS

ISBN: 9781939663429 | US $12.95

Pub Date: 4/23/2019
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Samalio Pardulus

SAMALIO PARDULUS

By Otto Julius Bierbaum. Illustrations by Alfred Kubin. Translation by W.C. Bamberger.

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ISBN: 9781939663412 | US $12.95

Pub Date: 4/23/2019
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By Jean de La Ville de Mirmont. Translation by André Naffis-Sahely.

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Pub Date: 3/19/2019
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Head-to-Toe Portrait of Suzanne

HEAD-TO-TOE PORTRAIT OF SUZANNE

By Roland Topor. Introduction and translation by Andrew Hodgson.

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ISBN: 9780993148750 | US $11.95

Pub Date: 1/22/2019
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La Caixa Collection: Maria Fusco

LA CAIXA COLLECTION: MARIA FUSCO

Text by Maria Fusco.

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ISBN: 9780854882748 | US $20.00

Pub Date: 7/23/2019
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Enrique Vila-Matas: Cabinet d'amateur, an oblique novel

ENRIQUE VILA-MATAS: CABINET D'AMATEUR, AN OBLIQUE NOVEL

Text by Enrique Vila-Matas.

WHITECHAPEL GALLERY

ISBN: 9780854882731 | US $20.00

Pub Date: 4/23/2019
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Little Women

LITTLE WOMEN

By Louisa M. Alcott. Abridged by W. Dingwall Fordyce. Illustrations by Norman Little.

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ISBN: 9781908970404 | US $24.95

Pub Date: 12/18/2018
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Whiskey Tales

WHISKEY TALES

By Jean Ray. Translation and afterword by Scott Nicolay.

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ISBN: 9781939663368 | US $15.95

Pub Date: 2/19/2019
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Treatise on Modern Stimulants

TREATISE ON MODERN STIMULANTS

By Honoré de Balzac. Introduction and translation by Kassy Hayden. Illustrations by Pierre Alechinsky.

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ISBN: 9781939663382 | US $12.95

Pub Date: 11/20/2018
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Psychology of the Rich Aunt

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By Erich Mühsam. Introduction and translation by Erik Butler.

WAKEFIELD PRESS

ISBN: 9781939663375 | US $12.95

Pub Date: 7/24/2018
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By Fabian Kastner. Edited by Sina Najafi.

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ISBN: 9781932698817 | US $12.00

Pub Date: 2/27/2018
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