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Double Over: Blackcattish Stories

November 20th, 2016 · 2 Comments


Black Scat Books is proud to serve up the master absurdist’s inaugural collection,  containing his hand-picked favorites from the pages of Le Chat Noir, the bohemian journal that amused and scandalized Paris. Here you’ll find Allais in the first flush of his comic genius, spinning out elegant and hilarious gems of black humor on suicide, murder, obsession, and adultery. You will meet the philosophical cuckold, the young lady in love with a pig, the inventor of the Tumultoscope, and Ferdinand, the most resourceful duck in literature. Among the highlights is Allais’s most famous story, “A Thoroughly Parisian Drama,” a favorite of André Breton and Umberto Eco. This is the book’s first publication in English, and features seven additional stories from Le Chat Noir, as well as a sublime introduction, notes on the text, and drawings by Doug Skinner.

276 delicious pages!

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Tags: Alphonse Allais

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Norman Conquest // Nov 25, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    No comments, what? Well I’ll have none of that–here’s a comment and a damn fine comment it is! Why, it even glows in the dark. Furthermore, if you look very, very carefully between the lines, you will spot an apparition. A figure all in white wearing a sandwich board reading “Buy this bloody book, or else!”

  • 2 Doug // Nov 27, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Hear, hear! Avoid the apparition’s revenge!

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