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Black Scat Books wishes you all a peaceful & healthy 2016. May your new year be filled with lots of good books.

 

 

 

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Alphonse Allais’s Absurd “Affair”!

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Adapted to film four times, “L’Affaire Blaireau” has remained popular and in print in France since its original appearance in 1899. This is its first publication in English. It is humorist Alphonse Allais’s only novel and, in the words of translator Doug Skinner: “It isn’t quite as wild or cruel as his early stories, but I find it delicious anyway. Summer in the provinces, the shrewd but impressionable Blaireau, futile political squabbles, a ridiculous but charming love story, what more could one want? And innocence is rewarded!”

Here’s a taste from Chapter I:

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THE BLAIREAU AFFAIR is a rare find to be savored by the author’s growing circle of fans in America.

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About the author:
ALPHONSE ALLAIS (1854 – 1905) began his career in Paris during the Belle Epoque. He was particularly active at the legendary cabaret Le Chat Noir, where he wrote for and edited the weekly paper. He quickly became known for his deadpan wit and inexhaustible imagination. Among other things, he also exhibited some of the first monochromatic pictures (such as his all-white “First Communion of Chlorotic Girls in the Snow” in 1883) and composed the first silent piece of music: “Funeral March for the Obsequies of a Deaf Man” (1884).

He was a crucial influence on Alfred Jarry, as well as on the Surrealists: Breton included him in his ANTHOLOGY OF BLACK HUMOR, and Duchamp was reading him on the day he died. Allais’s fascination with wordplay, puns, and holorhymes led Oulipo to call him an “anticipatory plagiarist”; the Pataphysical College dubbed him their “Patacessor.” His books have remained in print in France, and the Académie Alphonse Allais has awarded a literary prize in his honor since 1954.

Last Minute Scatastic Gifts

Here’s our last-minute shoppers guide. There’s still time to order some sublime Scat before it’s too late. Here are our recommendations by category.

Experimental fiction:
COMIC BOOK: A NOVEL
by Alain Arias-Misson
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Ancient Zombie Smut:
THE ZOMBIE OF GREAT PERU
by Pierre-Corneille Blessebois
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Theatre of the Absurd:
VAHAZAR
by Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz
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Imaginary Interviews with Artists:
IMPOSSIBLE CONVERSATIONS
by Carla M. Wilson
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Farcical Fiction:
THE BLAIREAU AFFAIR
by Alphonse Allais
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Absurdist Humor:
THE DOUG SKINNER DOSSIER
by Doug Skinner
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Literary Humor / Sports
DANTE’S FOIL & OTHER SPORTING TALES
by Mark Axelrod
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Off-beat First Novel
SWEET AND VICIOUS
by Suzanne Burns
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Absurdist Short Stories
AN INCONVENIENT CORPSE
by Jason E. Rolfe
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Photography
AN EROTICS OF SEEING
by Doug Rice
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Film Noir / Film Studies / Absurdism
REAR WINDOWS: AN INSIDE LOOK AT FIFTY FILM NOIR CLASSICS
by Norman Conquest
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Contemporary Erotic Fiction:
THE NEW URGE READER 2: EROTIC FICTION BY NEW WOMEN WRITERS ORDER

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Victorian Erotic Fiction
HIDDEN GEMS: THE BEST OF THE PEARL
Anonymous
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Reference / Humor
GUSTAVE’S POCKET DICTIONARY
by Richard Kostelanetz
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Short Stories
CROCODILE SMILES
by Yuriy Tarnawsky
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Just in Time for X-mas

“The written word, like any visual art, can do more than convey desire – it can be a conduit to ecstasy, a chance to immerse oneself in a fantasy and be titillated. I view the movements of a paintbrush as an intimate communion with the blank canvas. Similarly, the stories in this anthology will titillate and inflame your own imagination.” —from the introduction by Elizabeth Yoo

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THE NEW URGE READER 2
Erotic Fiction by New Women Writers
Edited by Norman Conquest
Introduction by Elizabeth Yoo

Here’s the saucy sequel to our popular anthology—featuring 12 provocative works by Jessica Alexander, Tina V. Cabrera, Catherine D’Avis, Elna Holst, Eurydice Kamvyselli, Lily Knol, Marina Kris, Pamela Naruta, Erin Pim, Val Prozorova, Amy Summers, and Tara Stillions Whitehead.

This year, give a little spice to those on your list who’ve been naughty and nice.

Trade paper, 178 pages; $12.95 / New Urge Editions

Available now in the US and Europe.

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