NOVELS AND SHORT STORIES BY AUTHOR

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Wakefield Press

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Paperback, 4.5 x 7 in. / 144 pgs.

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WAKEFIELD PRESS

The Impersonal Adventure

By Marcel Béalu. Introduction and translation by Michael Cisco.

A disorienting, de Chirico–esque detective tale of curio shops and eerie antiquities, penned in France’s postwar trauma

A traveling businessman decides to tarry in an unnamed city, dons a new name and profession on a whim, and rents a room in a hotel on an island at the city’s edge. As he wanders through the streets of unvisited storefronts and offices, he encounters a strange constellation of characters: a sinister night watchman; his spiritual half-brother, the “professor”; and a mute beauty who quickly obsesses him. They in turn lead the narrator into labyrinths of crowded curio shops and secondhand furnishers where the secrets of the island lie buried behind armoires and delirium. As the narrator pieces together the drama at the heart of the abandoned quarter, he discovers missing elements to his own biography and the role he is to play as witness to tragedy.
Marcel Béalu’s novella, written in the 1940s but not published until 1954, peels away an oneiric banality to reveal doubled lives and secret stories. The Impersonal Adventure utilizes a dreamlike logic to translate postwar trauma, urban devastation and anxiety into a tale that unfolds in the empty streets and bric-a-brac shops of a de Chirico painting.
Marcel Béalu (1908–93) was a French poet and novelist who drew inspiration from German Romanticism and French Surrealism, but avoided schools of thought and autobiography. His work was distinct for its dreamlike qualities and has established him as a master of the French fantastique. He made his living as a hat maker (when he first met the poet Max Jacob, who took him under his wing), an antiques dealer, and then as a bookseller.


The Impersonal Adventure

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FORTHCOMING AND NEW: FICTION AND POETRY

The Black Flame of Paradise (A Novel)

THE BLACK FLAME OF PARADISE (A NOVEL)

By Zachary Cahill. Preface by Catherine Malabou.

MOUSSE PUBLISHING

ISBN: 9788867493395
USD $19.00
| CAN $29.95

Pub Date: 2/19/2019
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Room 225-6: A Novel

ROOM 225-6: A NOVEL

By Karsten Schubert.

RIDINGHOUSE

ISBN: 9781909932029
USD $25.00
| CAN $34.95

Pub Date: 7/1/2015
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Everything Good Dies Here

EVERYTHING GOOD DIES HERE

By Djuna. Translated by Adrian Thieret.

KAYA PRESS

ISBN: 9781885030764
USD $19.95
| CAN $26.95 UK £ 15.5

Pub Date: 10/26/2021
Forthcoming


An Evocation of Matthias Stimmberg

AN EVOCATION OF MATTHIAS STIMMBERG

By Alain-Paul Mallard. Translation by Sarah Pollack.

WAKEFIELD PRESS

ISBN: 9781939663733
USD $11.95
| CAN $15.95 UK £ 9.99

Pub Date: 9/7/2021
Forthcoming


The Mill

THE MILL

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

WAKEFIELD PRESS

ISBN: 9781939663719
USD $13.95
| CAN $19 UK £ 11

Pub Date: 9/28/2021
Forthcoming


The Illuminated; or The Precursors of Socialism

THE ILLUMINATED; OR THE PRECURSORS OF SOCIALISM

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

WAKEFIELD PRESS

ISBN: 9781939663740
USD $22.95
| CAN $31 UK £ 17.99

Pub Date: 1/11/2022
Forthcoming


The Impersonal Adventure

THE IMPERSONAL ADVENTURE

By Marcel Béalu. Introduction and translation by Michael Cisco.

WAKEFIELD PRESS

ISBN: 9781939663726
USD $14.95
| CAN $19.95 UK £ 11.99

Pub Date: 11/2/2021
Forthcoming


The Mayor of Leipzig

THE MAYOR OF LEIPZIG

By Rachel Kushner.

KARMA BOOKS, NEW YORK

ISBN: 9781949172478
USD $20.00
| CAN $28 UK £ 17.5

Pub Date: 3/30/2021
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Moby-Dick

MOBY-DICK

By Herman Melville. Illustrated by Alex Katz.

KARMA BOOKS, NEW YORK

ISBN: 9781949172430
USD $35.00
| CAN $49 UK £ 30

Pub Date: 10/20/2020
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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.

DIS VOIR

ISBN: 9782914563994
USD $15.00
| CAN $21 UK £ 11

Pub Date: 2/23/2021
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The Man of Jasmine & Other Texts

THE MAN OF JASMINE & OTHER TEXTS

By Unica Zürn. Introduction and translation by Malcolm Green.

ATLAS PRESS

ISBN: 9781900565820
USD $23.99
| CAN $32.99

Pub Date: 1/12/2021
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Potsdamer Platz, or, The Nights of the New Messiah

POTSDAMER PLATZ, OR, THE NIGHTS OF THE NEW MESSIAH

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

WAKEFIELD PRESS

ISBN: 9781939663672
USD $13.95
| CAN $18.95 UK £ 11.99

Pub Date: 7/6/2021
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