NOVELS AND SHORT STORIES BY AUTHOR

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The Trumpets of Jericho

By Unica Zürn. Introduction and translation by Christina Svendsen.

This fierce fable of childbirth by German Surrealist Unica Zürn was written after she had already given birth to two children and undergone the self-induced abortion of another in Berlin in the 1950s. Beginning in the relatively straightforward, if disturbing, narrative of a young woman in a tower (with a bat in her hair and ravens for company) engaged in a psychic war with the parasitic son in her belly, The Trumpets of Jericho dissolves into a beautiful nightmare of hypnotic obsession and mythical language, stitched together with anagrams and private ruminations. Arguably Zürn's most extreme experiment in prose, and never before translated into English, this novella dramatizes the frontiers of the body—its defensive walls as well as its cavities and thresholds—animating a harrowing and painfully, twistedly honest depiction of motherhood as a breakdown in the distinction between self and other, transposed into the language of darkest fairy tales.

Unica Zürn (1916–70) was born in Grünewald, Germany. Toward the end of World War II, she discovered the realities of the Nazi concentration camps—a revelation which was to haunt and unsettle her for the rest of her life. After meeting Hans Bellmer in 1953, she followed him to Paris, where she became acquainted with the Surrealists and developed the body of drawings and writings for which she is best remembered: a series of anagram poems, hallucinatory accounts and literary enactments of the mental breakdowns from which she would suffer until her suicide in 1970.
PRAISE AND REVIEWS

The National

Joanna Walsh

The variety of images in Zürn’s writing is astounding, but her drawings are strict black lines: abstract amorphous beings like teratomas with human or animal characteristics. Zürn’s drawings were billed as “automatic” work from the depths of the unconscious and, like her writing, the series of seemingly unrelated scenes and fantasies in Trumpets above all convey movement. The book plays with the contrast between chance and pattern.

Artforum

Annie Godfrey Larmon

These are turns of phrase that want to be read aloud, that ask to be held by the tongue and thrown against the teeth. As utterances, they might resound like the Bible’s trumpets of Jericho, felling impenetrable walls and bringing new meaning into the violent breach.

The Paris Review

Nathalie Haddad

Her most sophisticated and novelistic anagrammatic work..

The Trumpets of Jericho

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THE BLACK FLAME OF PARADISE (A NOVEL)

By Zachary Cahill. Preface by Catherine Malabou.

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ROOM 225-6: A NOVEL

By Karsten Schubert.

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EVERYTHING GOOD DIES HERE

By Djuna. Translated by Adrian Thieret.

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AN EVOCATION OF MATTHIAS STIMMBERG

By Alain-Paul Mallard. Translation by Sarah Pollack.

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THE MILL

By Bess Brenck Kalischer. Introduction and translation by W.C. Bamberger.

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The Illuminated; or The Precursors of Socialism

THE ILLUMINATED; OR THE PRECURSORS OF SOCIALISM

By Gérard de Nerval. Introduction and translation by Peter Valente.

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By Marcel Béalu. Introduction and translation by Michael Cisco.

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By Rachel Kushner.

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Moby-Dick

MOBY-DICK

By Herman Melville. Illustrated by Alex Katz.

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A Nine-Year-Old Aviator

A NINE-YEAR-OLD AVIATOR

By Raul Ruiz. Edited by Daniele Riviere. Illustrations by Camila Mora-Scheihing. Translation by Catherine Petit, Paul Buck.

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By Unica Zürn. Introduction and translation by Malcolm Green.

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By Curt Corrinth. Introduction and translation by W.C. Bamberger. Illustrations by Paul Klee.

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