Theatre of the Absurd

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Summer Scatterings

balzac_orderJULY HAS BEEN A BUSY MONTH here at Black Scat. We  added Balzac’s comedy WAITING FOR GODEAU, translated by Mark Axelrod,  to our growing list of theatrical works, with the emphasis on farce and the Theatre of the Absurd—plays by D. Harlan Wilson, Eckhard Gerdes,  Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz,  and Alphonse Allais. Avant-garde drama is alive and well here.

Now #1 on Amazon’s  New Releases in French Dramas & Plays

We compiled three out-of-print volumes from our Absurdist Texts & Documents standinseries in a trade paperback edition —OULIPO PORNOBONGO: ANTHOLOGY OF EROTIC WORDPLAY. This illustrated anthology features works by 28 writers and artists from around the world, including Alphonse Allais, Alain Arias-Misson, Paulo Brito, Norman Conquest, Rusty Cuffs, Farewell Debut, Tom La Farge, Larry Fondation, Paul Forristal, Ryan Forsythe, Eckhard Gerdes, Harold Jaffe, Roger Leatherwood, D.S. Macpherson, Samantha Memi, Ellen Nations, Opal Louis Nations, Andy O’Clancy, Lance Olsen, Derek Pell, Shane Roeschlein, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Maria Schurr, Lucy Selleck, Kebob G. Shoon, Doug Skinner, Tara Stillions Whitehead, and Giovanni Zuniga. Fans of the Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle will enjoy these works of constrained ecstasy.

scatonlineLater this month we’re launching a monthly page of fiction and poetry—digital works that are not available in print. This will provide an additional venue outside our print magazine, Black Scat Review, which is issued irregularly.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY-COVERThe summer heats up in August with release of a new novel by Alain Arias-Misson; AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A CHARACTER FROM FICTION. This innovative work of experimental fiction  integrates plagiarized texts by Joyce, Beckett,  Kafka, Proust, Strindberg, Michaux,  Sterne, Lewis Carroll and others into an ingenious fictional “autobiography.”  Here you’ll discover what happens when famous fictional characters surface in the life of a writer.

 

Looking ahead to the fall, we’ll release the much anticipated new novel by Doug Rice—HERE MEMORY-FRONT---WEBLIES MEMORY: A PITTSBURGH NOVEL, which explores the place of memory in living, daily, scarred and sacred lives. Two Pittsburgh families struggle to survive trauma and love. A man wills himself to go blind, not to forget, but to remember in new ways. Another man drinks beer after beer until he can no longer drink away what he must face directly. This novel reveals what language and photographs do to memory, desire, and love, and what gentrification is doing to the souls of families and neighborhoods.

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR HERE LIES MEMORY:

“…Doug Rice loves his characters wondrously, keenly, completely, and the result is a novel at once stunningly beautiful, brilliant, fierce, crazily imaginative, and acutely wise about how the ghosts that our memories and words invent are often the last things to leave us, no matter what, how some stay so deep in our skin they become as real as its color — especially those that can damage and mend us most.” —Lance Olsen, author of THEORIES OF FORGETTING

“Covering all of the bases in this novel bent on conveying a deep love for the city and the people of Pittsburgh, Doug Rice ultimately makes our lives feel more dignified, loved, no matter if our local language and essence of being have become displaced. I’ve got no words for what Rice accomplishes. Just that, he beautifully brings to light everything in The ‘Burgh – and in places of the heart – that was done in the dark.”  —Ricardo Cortez Cruz, author of STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

HERE LIES MEMORY will be available September 15th.

Monsieur Godeau, party of one, your table is waiting…

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“It is upon this one comedy that Balzac can lay any claims as a dramatic artist.”
—The New York Times

If you missed the limited edition published in 2013, the wait is over. Mark Axelrod’s translation of this obscure comedy by Balzac is now available worldwide on Amazon in a handsome paperback edition.

Originally presented under the title Mercadet or The Good Businessman, this play in three acts appears to have inspired the creation of the unseen character in Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. Indeed, 102 years before Godot ‘s debut, Mercadet opened at the Theatre du Gymnase-Dramatique in Paris and—curiously enough—featured a character named “Godeau” who never appears on stage.

A comic coincidence? One of life’s little absurdities?

The translator met and corresponded with Beckett, and in WAITING FOR GODEAU we present an unpublished letter from Beckett in which the burning question is answered.

Or is it?

You be the judge.

WAITING FOR GODEAU
by Honore de Balzac
Translated from the French by Mark Axelrod
5.06″ x 7.81″ (12.852 x 19.837 cm)
trade paperback; 154 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0692738108
$12.95

CLICK HERE TO ORDER ON AMAZON

Mondo Bongo!

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A robust romp through the fields of potential literature, OULIPO PORNOBONGO: ANTHOLOGY OF EROTIC WORDPLAY presents passionate works of constrained ecstasy by 28 innovative artists and writers from around the world—from Allais to Zuniga. Prepare to be perplexed, seduced, & titillated by the bongo beat.  168 pages, illustrated in full color.

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YOU’RE A GRAND OLD FLAG, YOU’RE A HIGH FLYING FLAG…

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 JULY 4TH — BLACK SCAT BOOKS IS CELEBRATING  FOUR YEARS OF PUBLISHING SUBLIME ART AND  LITERATURE.

Let nonsense reign!

Others may hoist the stars and stripes, but around here we raise the Black Scat flag  in a pagan celebration of indie publishing. Fireworks are set to blow and light up the night. Today calls for sheer mischief and revelry—an orgy of DADA & Pataphysical calisthenics.

YES, VIRGINIA, THERE ARE ANGELS IN THIS WORLD

We’d like to thank Alain Arias-Misson, Peter Gambaccini,  Barbara LaPlaca-Hardy, and Carla M. Wilson for their generous support and devotion over the years—without their help Black Scat Books would never have made it to this ripe old age.

A word of special thanks  to writer/photographer Doug Rice who, when he learned we were faced with suspending publication due to an exorbitant price hike for ISBNs, stepped up and offered  funding to keep the good  ship afloat. We are eternally grateful .

And thanks to the readers who buy our books and keep the blood in our veins flowing.

HERE’S TO FOUR MORE YEARS—-Cheers!

 

Oulipian Wordplay & Ecstatic Constraints

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Pucker up your lipograms, OULIPO PORNOBONGO has arrived.

Our three,  limited edition volumes of the Anthology of Erotic Wordplay are out of print and scarce. Now the complete set has been compiled into one juicy paperback edition—Illustrated in shocking  full color. This is the book collectors have been drooling for.

Discover inspired works of constrained ecstasy by Alphonse Allais, Alain Arias-Misson, Paulo Brito, Norman Conquest, Rusty Cuffs, Farewell Debut, Tom La Farge, Larry Fondation, Paul Forristal, Ryan Forsythe, Eckhard Gerdes, Harold Jaffe, Roger Leatherwood, D.S. Macpherson, Samantha Memi, Ellen Nations, Opal Louis Nations, Andy O’Clancy, Lance Olsen, Derek Pell, Shane Roeschlein, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Maria Schurr, Lucy Selleck, Kebob G. Shoon, Doug Skinner, Tara Stillions Whitehead, and Giovanni Zuniga.

It’s a veritable orgy of art, text, and Oulipian mischief.

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OULIPO PORNOBONGO
Anthology of Erotic Wordplay
edited by Norman Conquest
168 pages; illustrated, full color
trade paperback; $24.95

CLICK HERE TO ORDER

Act Now and receive…

BONUS