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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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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.

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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.
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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.
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ISBN: 9780984115594 | US $16.95
Pub Date: 12/30/2012
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The Book of Monelle
THE BOOK OF MONELLE
By Marcel Schwob.
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The High Life
THE HIGH LIFE
By Jean-Pierre Martinet. Translated by Henry Vale.
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Pub Date: 5/31/2012
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The Leg of Lamb
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By Benjamin Péret.
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Odd Jobs

ODD JOBS

By Tony Duvert. Introduction by S.C. Delaney. Translation by S.C. Delaney, Agnès Potier.

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ISBN: 9781939663290 | US $11.95

Pub Date: 11/21/2017
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Mademoiselle Bambù

MADEMOISELLE BAMBù

By Pierre Mac Orlan. Translation and introduction by Chris Clarke. Illustrations by Gus Bofa.

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ISBN: 9781939663252 | US $22.95

Pub Date: 11/21/2017
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Hashish

HASHISH

By Oscar A.H. Schmitz. Translation and introduction by W.C. Bamberger. Illustrations by Alfred Kubin. Afterword by James J. Conway.

WAKEFIELD PRESS

ISBN: 9781939663313 | US $15.95

Pub Date: 11/21/2017
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Farewell, Circus

FAREWELL, CIRCUS

By Woon-Yeoung Cheon.

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ISBN: 9781885030580 | US $18.95

Pub Date: 11/21/2017
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District

DISTRICT

By Tony Duvert. Introduction by S.C. Delaney. Translation by S.C. Delaney, Agnès Potier.

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ISBN: 9781939663306 | US $11.95

Pub Date: 11/21/2017
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City of the Future

CITY OF THE FUTURE

By Sesshu Foster.

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ISBN: 9781885030559 | US $17.95

Pub Date: 11/21/2017
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Theory of MultiDreams

THEORY OF MULTIDREAMS

By Jean-Philippe Cazier. Edited by Daniele Riviere. Illustrated by Andreas Marchal. Translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman.

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ISBN: 9782914563857 | US $29.00

Pub Date: 9/26/2017
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The Cathedral of Mist

THE CATHEDRAL OF MIST

By Paul Willems. Introduction and translation by Edward Gauvin. Illustrations by Bette Burgoyne.

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ISBN: 9781939663184 | US $12.95

Pub Date: 7/5/2016
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Bit Rot

BIT ROT

By Douglas Coupland. Edited by Defne Ayas, Douglas Coupland, Samuel Saelemakers.

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ISBN: 9789491435423 | US $22.00

Pub Date: 3/22/2016
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Heart of Darkness

HEART OF DARKNESS

By Joseph Conrad. Project by Fiona Banner. Photographs by Paolo Pellegrin.

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ISBN: 9781909829053 | US $35.00

Pub Date: 3/22/2016
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Sweating Blood

SWEATING BLOOD

By Léon Bloy. Introduction and translation by Erik Butler.

WAKEFIELD PRESS

ISBN: 9781939663177 | US $17.95

Pub Date: 5/24/2016
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A Terrace in Rome

A TERRACE IN ROME

By Pascal Quignard. Translated by Douglas Penick, Charles Ré.

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ISBN: 9781939663160 | US $13.95

Pub Date: 5/24/2016
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