NOVELS AND SHORT STORIES BY AUTHOR

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French novelist Pierre Mac Orlan's 1930s take on the spy novel, set in Hamburg, London, Palermo, Brest and elsewhere during the 1920s and 1930s.
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Pierre Mac Orlan was a French novelist and songwriter. His novel Quai des Brumes was the source for Marcel Carne's 1938 film. He was also a prolific writer of chansons, many of which were popularized by singers such as Juliette Greco. Little-translated into English, he was a huge influence on a generation of French authors, most famously on Boris Vian and Guy Debord. Artaud described him as "the prophet of adventure." Berenice Abbott also counted him as a "huge influence."
  • ABOUT THE BOOK: It tells the tales of three secret agents. It is profusely illustrated with the same drawings by 1940s-50s French caricaturist Gus Bofa that were in the French edition. Wakefield's previous Mac Orlan title, Handbook for the Perfect Adventurer, has been a steady seller at independents. Wakefield Press is making a project of translating Mac Orlan (as with Paul Scheerbart and Marcel Schwob) and there will be more Mac Orlan in future seasons.

  

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Mademoiselle Bambu

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

Mademoiselle Bambù is Pierre Mac Orlan’s take on the spy novel, written and expanded between 1932 and 1966.

Set in Hamburg, London, Palermo, Brest and other ports of call in the anxious Europe of the 1920s and 1930s, Mademoiselle Bambù tells the tales of three secret agents: the melancholic adventurer and accidental spy, Captain Hartmann; his enigmatic mistress from Naples (and a double agent for the Germans), Signorina Bambù; and the sinister Père Barbançon, who retires from his life of espionage and murder to eke out his troubled days in an aptly named "Boarding House of Usher," where shadows are as likely to strangle a man as they are to haunt him.

Like all of Mac Orlan’s novels, Mademoiselle Bambù is less a novel than a barometer of societal unease, crippling melancholy and dark humor.

Pierre Mac Orlan (1882-1970) was a prolific writer of absurdist tales, adventure novels, flagellation erotica and essays, as well as the composer of a trove of songs made famous by the likes of Juliette Gréco. A member of both the Académie Goncourt and the Collège de ’Pataphysique, Mac Orlan was admired by everyone from Raymond Queneau and Boris Vian to André Malraux and Guy Debord.


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[Bofa's] drawings suggest the existential darkness that overtook a Europe defaced by war and modernization. The illustrations he made for Mac Orlan’s moody novel of espionage Mademoiselle Bambù-of spies, prostitutes, sailors, and drifters-compliment the tale of a web of interconnected characters as they circulated around Europe’s port cities, a depiction of the dark unease of the early twentieth century.

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