A Blessed Event!

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Black Scat proudly presents DIVA R.E.M. — a special series of seven, two-sided posters. This glorious addition to our Black Scat Broadside series features full color photographs, art and text on front and back. Each poster is  12″ x 18″ and printed on prime 80# UV-coated, acid-free stock.

Born with original sin and a fascination with religious ritual and imagery, artist Farewell Debut uses her spiritual angst and sexual anxiety as raw material. DIVA R.E.M. is a paper opera of sorts—the tale of Diva (played by a damaged ballerina ornament) who falls in love with heaven (a hellish lover, played by a dead insect and a shard of unidentified plastic).  Fauré’s Requiem in D minor was the inspiration for this work and is a suitable soundtrack for a darkly humorous visual requiem.

Available individually for $10 at the links below. To order the entire series of 7 at a divine discount, email us for details: blackscat (at) outlook (dot) com

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DIVA R.E.M. I. INTROIT
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DIVA R.E.M. II. OFFERTORIUM
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DIVA R.E.M. III. SANTUS
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DIVA R.E.M. IV. PIE JESU
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DIVA R.E.M. V. ANGUS DEI
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DIVA R.E.M. VI. LIBERA ME
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DIVA R.E.M. VII. PARADISUM
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Surprise!

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Alphonse Allais (1854-1905) was France’s greatest humorist. His elegance, scientific curiosity, preoccupation with language and logic, wordplay and flashes of cruelty inspired Alfred Jarry, as well as succeeding generations of Surrealists, Pataphysicians, and Oulipians. Celebrate the master’s birthday with mirth, mischief, and cocktails!

And one of his sublime books translated by Doug Skinner, from Black Scat, of course.

The Blaireau Affair

Captain Cap: His Adventures, His Ideas, His Drinks

Selected Plays of Alphonse Allais

Masks

The Squadron’s Umbrella

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“To leave is to die a little, but to die is to leave a lot.” –-Alphonse Allais

Cheers!

Theatre of the Absurd—Opening Night!

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“Witkiewicz takes up and continues the vein of dream and grotesque fantasy exemplified by the late Strindberg or by Wedekind; his ideas are closely paralleled by those of the surrealists and Antonin Artaud which culminated in the masterpieces of the dramatists of the absurd—Beckett, Ionesco, Genet, Arrabal—of the late nineteen forties and the nineteen fifties.” -Martin Esslin

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz  (pen name: Witkacy) was desperate to get out of revolutionary St. Petersburg after the Bolsheviks seized power. Back in Poland, eager to make money and a name for himself, Witkacy began to write plays in a style that he called “Pure Form,” which foreshadowed the Theatre of the Absurd. By the time that he wrote VAHAZAR (1921), Witkacy had achieved a dreamlike dramaturgy:  centered on the paranoid and crazed despot, Vahazar, and spiraling outwards through an anthill society of automatons, religious cults, and quack scientific and social theories, this play is about being trapped in nothingness.

This translation of the play by Celina Wieniewska was commissioned by Stefan Themerson in 1967, and later announced as a forthcoming title by the legendary Gaberbocchus Press. Somehow the project was sidetracked and has never appeared until this Black Scat Books publication. Paul Rosheim, publisher of Obscure Publications and scholar of Themersonia, provides a sublime introduction with biographical information about Witkacy and the story of this translation. The book also includes an appendix featuring Franciszka Themerson’s “Vahazar: A Few Suggestions for Design.”

“…Witkiewicz, Bruno Schulz and myself, the three musketeers of the Polish avant-garde.” —Witold Gombrowicz

Available now on Amazon in the U.S. and Europe.

Click here to order this masterpiece of the absurd.

 

 

 

Finally…Haiku for the John!

We’re thrilled to announce the eighth in our unique
series of Black Scat Broadsides:

LIMERICKSHAW: HAIKU FOR THE JOHN
by Doug Skinner

Sixteen ribald limericks translated into hilarious haiku. Skinner artfully disinfects the original hackneyed rhymes and reveals the laconic essence of each poem.

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Alas, we can only show you a low resolution fragment of the lovely (and explicit) full color poster, which makes an ideal addition to one’s boudoir or bath.

12 x 18 inches; printed on prime 80# UV-coated,acid-free stock.
Only $10

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Put some Scat on your wall today and help support Black
Scat Books.

you wan fower?

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We’re pleased to announce the release of a new poster in the BLACK SCAT BROADSIDE series: YOU WAN FOWER? by Paulo Brito, translated from the Portuguese by Mercie Silva. It’s a vivid hallucinatory text to haunt your wall.

All posters are full color, printed on prime 80# UV-coated,
acid-free stock. 12″ x 18.”

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