We’re offering a FREE sample of Alain Arias-Misson‘s new novel AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A CHARACTER FROM FICTION—an Oulipian masterpiece.
Within this brief excerpt four authors lie buried.
Can you find them?
Discover what happens when famous fictional characters surface in the life of a writer.
Alain Arias-Misson has produced an indecently literary novel about a thoroughly picaresque Character. Passages have been plagiarized from a score of great Modernists — from Kafka and Stendhal to Joyce, Austen and Proust, from Strindberg, Constant and Mann to Michaux, Sterne and Beckett, and are woven seamlessly, unidentified, into his “autobiography.” For the Character — a budding author — is the product of those authors whose novels he has been nourished on. Characters step out of their fiction to advise and interfere with his life and he appears on stage in theirs. Where le petit Marcel’s nocturnal terrors begin and the Character’s end, or how the Character’s boyhood lusts lead him into the Brussels labyrinth of ladies of the night and how he meets young Daedalus there, already sated in a lady’s embrace, is an open question. The autobiography ends at the age of twenty-one, when like most authors he has read his own most important authors — yet the rest of his life has already been plotted.
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A CHARACTER FROM FICTION is an extraordinary work of Oulipian imagination.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alain Arias-Misson is another character from a fiction by Alain Arias-Misson. He was born in Brussels, grew up from age four in New York, Greek Literature and philosophy at Harvard, led a nomadic life throughout Europe, North Africa and New York. Lives in Paris and Venice. This is his ninth novel. In Europe he is known for his Public Poems in a dozen cities, and also New York and L.A., as well as his 3D poetry which has been shown in hundreds of galleries and museums around the world. On the other hand, little is known of the author.
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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:
THE BLAIREAU AFFAIR is a rare find to be savored by the author’s growing circle of fans in America.
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.
“Arias-Misson’s writing is comedic and sharp, clever and intelligent.”—American Book Review
“Given the stature and history of this engigmatic, creative polymath, it is unlikely that he would turn out a straight-forward, commercially viable novel; he has spent several decades making innovations in art, poetry, performance and experimental fiction.” –Evergreen Review
like a superhero on steroids. On the surface it’s a simple Boy (“Company” operative) chases Girl (gorgeous Corporate Terrorist) story. Set “physically” in comic book format, it leaps relentlessly from one discontinuous window to the next, and becomes labyrinthic and baffling as the characters—discovering their comic book constraints—attempt to throw off these mental shackles and achieve their erotic ends.
Prepare to have your preconceived thought balloons punctured by this mind-blowing novel.
COMIC BOOK is a gas.
Trade Paperback: 170 pages
5.1 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
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A video of Tom Whalen reading from his new novel, THE STRAW THAT BROKE …
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“An intriguing blend of SF, philosophy, and word play . . . Giddy fun!” —Rudy Rucker
“Call it science fiction or meta-fiction or cyber fiction . . . wonderfully funny, often exciting, always baffling, and occasionally even profound. It’s the Moby-Dick of mice!” —R.H.W. Dillard
“Pollinates post-cyber-punk with headier poetry than the genre has yet known.” —Andrei Codrescu
“Allusive, punning, intricately plotted and exponentially self-referential . . . science fiction which ultimately explores the science of fiction or, more aptly, the art of narrative.” —Brad Richard, American Letters & Commentary
“Storytelling which is subtly, wickedly funny.” —The Times-Picayune
Bulwer Zetford’s work-in-progress The Cosmic Messenger is about to take a strange turn, and the multiverse with it, when Roithamer of Relix “beads” once again and brings swirling into Zetford’s Kaduza M-mon processor the Encyclopedia Mouse, the one creature who can save the multiverse. Tale twines tale as the mouse battles his Doppelgänger in cyberspace, Heidegger in his Black Forest hut, and a hyper-crazed Roithamer. Death is everywhere, but the mouse, birling (if only barely) in his Binding Nexus Drive, is determined to narrate the universes away from their demise.
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THE STRAW THAT BROKE
A novel by Tom Whalen
6” x 9”, trade paperback original. 172 pp.
$14.95 / ISBN -13 978-0692259436
TOM WHALEN is a novelist, short story writer, poet and critic who has written for Agni, Asymptote, Bookforum, Chicago Review, Fiction International, Film Quarterly, the Washington Post and other publications. His books include Dolls, Elongated Figures, The Birth of Death and Other Comedies: The Novels of Russell H. Greenan, and the novels Roithamer’s Universe and The President in Her Towers, which John Warner in the Chicago Tribune called a “mash-up of Kingsley Amis and Italo Calvino. A strange, surreal and wonderful novel.” Whalen currently lives in Stuttgart, Germany, where he teaches film at the State Academy of Art and Design.