The Envelope-Silence

A Surrealist library.

1. The Leg of Lamb: Its Life and Works, by Benjamin Pret

2. The Trumpets of Jericho, by Unica Zrn

3. The Arthritic Grasshopper: Collected Stories, 1934–1944, by Gisle Prassinos

4. Letters, Dreams & Other Writings, by Remedios Varo

5. The Subversion of Images, by Paul Noug

6. Rogomelec, by Leonor Fini


Imagining Architecture

Fantastical architecture, imaginary urbanism, and hallucinatory dwellings.

1. Lesabendio: An Asteroid Novel, by Paul Scheerbart

2. Rakkx the Billionaire & The Great Race, by Paul Scheerbart

3. The Cathedral of Mist, by Paul Willems

4. The Stairway to the Sun & Dance of the Comets, by Paul Scheerbart

5. District, by Tony Duvert

6. The Construction of the Tower of Babel, by Juan Benet

7. Munchausen and Clarissa: A Berlin Novel, by Paul Scheerbart


Imagining Science

Outsider science, extreme empiricism, aberrant experiments, and imaginary speculations—literary explorations in fictional science.

1. An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris, by Georges Perec

2. The Perpetual Motion Machine: The Story of an Invention, by Paul Scheerbart

3. The Hierarchies of Cuckoldry and Bankruptcy, by Charles Fourier

4. Pataphysical Essays, by Ren Daumal

5. The Pig: In Poetic, Mythological, and Moral-Historical Perspective, by Oskar Panizza

6. The Table, by Francis Ponge

7. New Inventions and Latest Innovations, by Gaston de Pawlowski


The Library of Cruelty

Tales of love, crime, war, and madness, from the surreal to the sarcastic.

1. The High Life, by Jean-Pierre Martinet

2. The Book of Monelle, by Marcel Schwob

3. The Conductor & Other Tales, by Jean Ferry

4. The Creator, by Mynona

5. A Dilemma, by Joris-Karl Huysmans

6. Disagreeable Tales, by Lon Bloy

7. Murder Most Serene, by Gabrielle Wittkop

8. A Terrace in Rome, by Pascal Quignard

9. Sweating Blood, by Lon Bloy

10. Kzradock the Onion Man and the Spring-Fresh Methuselah: From the Notes of Dr. Renard Montpensier, by Louis Levy

11. The King in the Golden Mask, by Marcel Schwob

12. Mademoiselle Bamb, by Pierre Mac Orlan

13. Hashish, by Oscar A. H. Schmitz

14. The Children’s Crusade, by Marcel Schwob

15. The Sundays of Jean Dzert, by Jean de La Ville de Mirmont

16. Samalio Pardulus, by Otto Julius Bierbaum

17. A Death: Notes of a Suicide, by Zalman Shneour


The Margins of Dada

1. Flametti, or The Dandyism of the Poor, by Hugo Ball

2. The Emperor of China, The Mute Canary & The Executioner of Peru, by Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes

3. The Unruly Bridal Bed and Other Grotesques, by Mynona

4. My Papa and the Maid of Orlans and Other Grotesques, by Mynona

5. At the Blue Monkey: 33 Outlandish Stories, by Walter Serner


The School of the Strange

Belgian and French weird tales.

1. Spells, by Michel de Ghelderode

2. Whiskey Tales, by Jean Ray

3. Cruise of Shadows: Haunted Stories of Land and Sea, by Jean Ray

4. Waystations of the Deep Night, by Marcel Brion

5. The Great Nocturnal: Tales of Dread, by Jean Ray

6. Circles of Dread, by Jean Ray



Verse, from the adverse to the perverse.

1. Pybrac, by Pierre Louÿs

2. The Massacre of the Innocents, by Giambattista Marino

3. Life in the Folds, by Henri Michaux

4. The Thief of Talant, by Pierre Reverdy

5. Wishes, by Georges Perec

6. Curl, by T. O. Bobe


Wakefield Galleries

Rogues galleries, role calls, personnel files, and eccentric rosters.

1. Exemplary Departures, by Gabrielle Wittkop

2. Odd Jobs, by Tony Duvert

3. Imaginary Lives, by Marcel Schwob

4. Psychology of the Rich Aunt: Being an Inquiry, in Twenty-Five Parts, into the Question of Immortality, by Erich Mhsam

5. Brief Lives of Idiots, by Ermanno Cavazonni


Wakefield Handbooks

The how-to manual reimagined: guidebooks on a variety of satirical, parodic, and quixotic subjects.

1. Treatise on Elegant Living, by Honor
de Balzac

2. The Young Girl's Handbook of Good Manners for Use in Educational Establishments, by Pierre Louÿs

3. A Handbook for the Perfect Adventurer, by Pierre Mac Orlan

4. The Physiology of the Employee, by Honor de Balzac

5. Treatise on Mondern Stimulants, by Honor de Balzac

6. A Short Treatise Inviting the Reader to Discover the Subtle Art of Go, by Pierre Lusson, Georges Perec, and Jacques Roubaud

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