ONLINE “SCATALOG” OF BOOKS IN PRINT

Since Black Scat Books was first founded in 2012, we have issued three digital catalogs (inset). What makes this 4th edition unique is that it features all titles currently in print—including cover reproductions, descriptions, sizes, prices and “live” links to Amazon for convenient ordering. 

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Onward & Upward!

FIRST PUBLICATION IN ENGLISH

The Pope’s Mustard-Maker (Le Moutardier du pape) was the last work that Alfred Jarry finished, a few months before his death in 1907. It is a bawdy three-act farce loosely based on the medieval legend of Pope Joan, with a huge cast and lively songs bubbling with rhymes and wordplay.

Readers who know Jarry only from Ubu or his novels may be surprised that he wrote operettas, but his are fully Jarryesque, with his usual gusto for smutty jokes, legend, folklore, puns, wild invention, and popular theater. In his hands, Pope Joan becomes Jane, who runs off with her lover and disguises herself as pope. How will she pass inspection on the slotted chair? What will she do when her husband shows up? And has there ever been another production number celebrating the spiritual virtues of enemas?

A sublime translation from the French by Doug Skinner.

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Alfred Jarry Lives!…Encore!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pope’s Mustard-Maker (Le Moutardier du pape) was the last work that Alfred Jarry finished, a few months before his death in 1907. It is a bawdy three-act farce loosely based on the medieval legend of Pope Joan, with a huge cast and lively songs bubbling with rhymes and wordplay.

Readers who know Jarry only from Ubu or his novels may be surprised that he wrote operettas, but his are fully Jarryesque, with his usual gusto for smutty jokes, legend, folklore, puns, wild invention, and popular theater. In his hands, Pope Joan becomes Jane, who runs off with her lover and disguises herself as pope. How will she pass inspection on the slotted chair? What will she do when her husband shows up? And has there ever been another production number celebrating the spiritual virtues of enemas?

This is the first translation of this major work; it also includes an introduction and notes by the translator, Doug Skinner.

All hail The Pope’s Mustard-Maker!

THE POPE’S MUSTARD-MAKER
by Alfred Jarry
Translated from the French by Doug Skinner
Absurdist Texts & Documents #37
135 pp., paper, $12.95

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In the wings…some peculiar things

WHO ARE THE “VICE LEPERS”?

In 2012 we released a limited edition of Norman Conquest‘s metafictional highball (spiked with Oulipian ouzo)—Snowdrop in Africa. Now the intrepid Professor Snowdrop returns in a full-length novel guaranteed to thrill his cult followers.

When a mysterious woman appears on Professor Snowdrop’s doorstep after midnight with a lurid warning that European zombies have infiltrated the homeland, it sounds crazy—just crazy enough to be true! The professor soon finds himself in pursuit of a secret society comprised of dead mathematicians and renegade writers —self-proclaimed “Vice Lepers”—bent on subverting the American way of life via unconstrained wordplay.

Is it a Russian plot in the guise of French linguistics designed to spread chaos and pandemonium (or both)?

Is it an insidious probe by zombie trolls, or a full-scale invasion by Clinamen?

Whatever it is, it has already “gone viral” and may be too late to put an end to this death sentence…

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Watch for this extraordinary collection of works by the great Stefan Themerson who, with his wife, the artist Franciszka, founded the legendary Gaberbocchus Press  (London, 1948-1979). A poet, publisher, novelist, filmmaker, composer and philosopher, Stefan Themerson was a giant force in the avant-garde of the 20th century. A magus, a magician, his books are filled with wisdom, absurd humor, and dazzling ideas. His  unique vision is more relevant today than ever, and thanks to Paul Rosheim, Black Scat will be bringing you Critics and My Talking Dog: Selected Stories, Essays, Lectures & a Play.   

As the force behind Obscure Publications, Rosheim (with the guidance of British art critic, and founder of the Themerson Archive Jasia Reichardt) published a number of  limited edition chapbooks by Themerson. He is busy  compiling this seminal introduction to Stefan’s texts. The book will also  feature an introduction by noted art historian and artist Nick Wadley.

This is destined to be a Scat classic.

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The Pope’s Mustard-Maker (Le Moutardier du pape) was the last work that Alfred Jarry saw through the press, a few months before his death in 1907. It was one of many operettas he worked on in his last years, and one of the few he finished: a bawdy three-act farce loosely based on the medieval legend of Pope Joan, with a huge cast and lively songs bubbling with rhymes and wordplay.

Readers who know Jarry only from Ubu or his novels may be surprised that he wrote operettas, but his are fully Jarryesque, with his usual gusto for smutty jokes, legend, folklore, wordplay, wild invention, and popular theater. In his hands, Pope Joan becomes Jane, who runs off with her lover and disguises herself as pope. How will she pass inspection on the slotted chair? What will she do when her husband shows up? And has there ever been another production number celebrating the spiritual virtues of enemas?

This is the first translation of this major work; the translator, Doug Skinner, also provides an introduction and notes.

 

Holy Merde!

The first PUBLICATION IN ENGLISH
of Jarrys OUTRAGEOUS comic operetta

TRANSLATED BY DOUG SKINNER

Absurdist Texts & Documents #37

COMING SOON

 

7 Years Ago…

Black Scat’s first title was published July 4th, 2012.

Today we celebrate 7 years of Sublime Art & Literature.  We raise our glasses in a toast to the galaxy of  artists,  writers, & translators who have made  publishing such a joy.

We forge on,  with forthcoming books by Stefan Themerson, Alfred Jarry, and Alphonse Allais. Join our march, join the revolution!

Happy 4th of July


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Onward and upward!

WARNING: It’s Not The Sound of Music

LIVE ON PAGE!!!

Doug Skinner‘s delightfully absurd musical instruments appeared each month in the pages of our journal, Le Scat Noir. The artist has now rounded up all these drawings (along with previously unpublished specimens) for his new collection Instrumentarium: A Book of Curious Musical Instruments. Even if you’re  tone deaf,  this book will have you humming along, snapping your fingers, tapping your feet and laughing out loud.

Jam-packed with 180 drawings in blaring black and white, this trade paperback edition is available worldwide on Amazon for only $12.95.

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