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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.

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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.

WAKEFIELD PRESS

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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.

WAKEFIELD PRESS

ISBN: 9780984115594
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Pub Date: 12/30/2012
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The Book of Monelle

THE BOOK OF MONELLE

By Marcel Schwob. Translation by Kit Schluter.

WAKEFIELD PRESS

ISBN: 9780984115587
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Pub Date: 11/30/2012
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The High Life

THE HIGH LIFE

By Jean-Pierre Martinet. Translated by Henry Vale.

WAKEFIELD PRESS

ISBN: 9780984115570
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Pub Date: 5/31/2012
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The Leg of Lamb

THE LEG OF LAMB

By Benjamin Péret.

WAKEFIELD PRESS

ISBN: 9780984115532
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Pub Date: 4/30/2011
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The Black Flame of Paradise (A Novel)

THE BLACK FLAME OF PARADISE (A NOVEL)

By Zachary Cahill. Preface by Catherine Malabou.

MOUSSE PUBLISHING

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Room 225-6: A Novel

ROOM 225-6: A NOVEL

By Karsten Schubert.

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Pub Date: 7/1/2015
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Intimate Negrociations

INTIMATE NEGROCIATIONS

By Bode Owa.

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Pub Date: 11/26/2019
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Cruise of Shadows

CRUISE OF SHADOWS

By Jean Ray. Introduction and translation by Scott Nicolay.

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ISBN: 9781939663443
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Pub Date: 1/21/2020
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Tom McCarthy: Empty House of the Stare

TOM MCCARTHY: EMPTY HOUSE OF THE STARE

Text by Tom McCarthy.

WHITECHAPEL GALLERY

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Pub Date: 1/21/2020
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Braids

BRAIDS

Edited by Daniele Riviere. Text by Léo Henry. Drawings by Denis Vierge.

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At the Blue Monkey

AT THE BLUE MONKEY

By Walter Serner. Introduction and translation by Erik Butler.

WAKEFIELD PRESS

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Pub Date: 1/21/2020
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A Death

A DEATH

By Zalman Shneour. Introduction and translation by Daniel Kennedy.

WAKEFIELD PRESS

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Pub Date: 10/22/2019
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To Those Gods Beyond

TO THOSE GODS BEYOND

By Giorgio Manganelli. Foreword by Italo Calvino. Translation and introduction by John Walker.

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David Tung Can’t Have a Girlfriend until He Gets into an Ivy League College

DAVID TUNG CAN’T HAVE A GIRLFRIEND UNTIL HE GETS INTO AN IVY LEAGUE COLLEGE

By Ed Lin.

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ISBN: 9781885030627
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Pub Date: 3/31/2020
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Mount Analogue

MOUNT ANALOGUE

By René Daumal. Translation and introduction by Roger Shattuck. Postface by Véra Daumal.

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Pub Date: 9/17/2019
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Lydia Cabrera: Between the Sum and the Parts

LYDIA CABRERA: BETWEEN THE SUM AND THE PARTS

WALTHER KöNIG, KöLN/AMERICAS SOCIETY

ISBN: 9783960985037
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Pub Date: 6/18/2019
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