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Mark Leyner - Hyperkinetic shaman, he has invented a language with which to render the insanity and self-referentiality of our contemporary culture

Mark Leyner, Gone with the Mind, Little, Brown and Co.,2016.                                                                                                   ,


The blazingly inventive fictional autobiography of Mark Leyner, one of America's "rare, true original voices" - Gary Shteyngart
Dizzyingly brilliant, raucously funny, and painfully honest, GONE WITH THE MIND is the story of Mark Leyner's life, told as only Mark Leyner can tell it. In this utterly unconventional novel-or is it a memoir?-Leyner gives a reading in the food court of a New Jersey shopping mall. The "audience" consists of Mark's mother and some stray Panda Express employees, who ask a handful of questions. The action takes place entirely at the food court, but the territory covered in these pages has no bounds.
A joyride of autobiography, cultural critique, DIY philosophy, biopolitics, video games, demagoguery, and the most intimate confessions, GONE WITH THE MIND is both a soul…

Kathleen Ossip's poems occur in the charged space between journal entry, social history, philosophical treatise and dream: Do we want to understand poems, or do we want poems that understand us?

Kathleen Ossip, The Cold War, Sarabande Books, 2012.

"The Cold War, Kathleen Ossip's second collection of poetry, is a work of startling breadth and wit. From the powerful drama and formal boldness of "The Status Seekers" to the post 9/11 trauma of "Document:" to the various theories of criticism in "The Nervousness of Yvor Winters," Ossip takes up the crazed threads of modern experience and all its contradictions. Each poem, each new approach is an attempt to extract something concrete from an era not yet past—a truly unique thought, a new theme, a personal memory. Yet as the poet probes and wonders, she gradually reveals another narrative, built on strangled emotion and subdued lyricism. "We're sliding aren't we" she remarks. The Cold War is jagged and thought-provoking. It questions the origins and premises of contemporary American culture."

The history it weaves—that of the second half of the twentieth century, a histor…

Bruno Jasieński - An exquisite example of literary Futurism and Catastrophism, the novel presents a filthy, degenerated world where factories and machines have replaced the human and economic relationships have turned just about everyone into a prostitute

Bruno Jasieński, I Burn Paris, Trans. by Soren A. Gauger & Marcin Piekoszewski, Twisted Spoon Press, 2012.

"I Burn Paris has remained one of Poland's most uncomfortable masterstrokes of literature since its initial and controversial serialization by Henri Barbusse in 1928 in L'Humanité (for which Jasienski was deported for disseminating subversive literature). It tells the story of a disgruntled factory worker who, finding himself on the streets, takes the opportunity to poison Paris's water supply. With the deaths piling up, we encounter Chinese communists, rabbis, disillusioned scientists, embittered Russian émigrés, French communards and royalists, American millionaires and a host of others as the city sections off into ethnic enclaves and everyone plots their route of escape. At the heart of the cosmopolitan city is a deep-rooted xenophobia and hatred — the one thread that binds all these groups together. As Paris is brought to ruin, Jasienski issues a rallyin…

Black Letters Unleashed – Purple humour, desperate beauty and improbable blasphemies: an anthology of more extraordinary strain of German literature, visionaries, mannerists and extremists of all sorts

Black Letters Unleashed: 300 Years of 'Enthused' Writing in German, Ed. by Malcolm Green, Atlas Press, 1989.

Contributors: Johann Nestroy, Max Stirner, Gerhard Roth , Friedrich Nietzsche, Heiner Müller, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Oskar Panizza, Stanisław Przybyszewski, Franz Held, Paul Scheerbart, Johannes Fischart, Gustav Meyrink, Adolf Wölfli, Georg Heym, Else Lasker-Schüler, Jakob van Hoddis, Franz Jung, Heinrich Schaefer, George Trakl, Erna Kröner, Ferdinand Hardekopf , Quirinus Kuhlmann, Albert Ehrenstein, Wieland Herzfelde, Kurt Schwitters, Fritz von Herzmanovsky-Orlando, Alfred Döblin, Hans Henny Jahnn, Ilse Aichinger, Gerhard Rühm, Unica Zürn, Paul Celan, Gottfried August Bürger, Wolfgang Bauer, Hans Carl Artmann, Irmtraud Morgner, Christoph Meckel, Günter Brus, Peter Pongratz, Oskar Pastior, Ror Wolf, Ingomar von Kieseritzky, Monica Tornow, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Jean-Paul Jacobs, Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, Novalis, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Franz Grillparzer


Karl O. Knausgaard - A luminous flight of fancy on the nature of angels, man and God + a six-volume literary epic based on his family and, in particular, his relationship with his father

Karl O. Knausgaard, A Time for Everything, Trans. by James Anderson, Archipelago Books, 2009.

"In the sixteenth century, Antinous Bellori, a boy of eleven, is lost in a dark forest and stumbles upon two glowing beings, one carrying a spear, the other a flaming torch... This event is decisive in Bellori’s life, and he thereafter devotes himself to the pursuit and study of angels, the intermediaries of the divine. Beginning in the Garden of Eden and soaring through to the present, A Time for Everything reimagines pivotal encounters between humans and angels: the glow of the cherubim watching over Eden; the profound love between Cain and Abel despite their differences; Lot’s shame in Sodom; Noah’s isolation before the flood; Ezekiel tied to his bed, prophesying ferociously; the death of Christ; and the emergence of sensual, mischievous cherubs in the seventeenth century. Alighting upon these dramatic scenes – from the Bible and beyond – Knausgaard’s imagination takes flight: the res…