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QUANTUM OF SOLLERS – Part Two

“THE LANGUAGE OF THE TEXT IS A BASE OVER WHICH SOMETHING SLIDES” On the author of H (1973), forthcoming in translation with Equus Press   David Hayman was correct when guessing, in 1978, that “H is not a passing phase in Sollers’ development” since “his current work-in-progress, Paradis, points toward more radical departures in post-Wake … Continue reading

LAUGHLINES FROM THE SHOAHSHOWBUSINESS

*Excerpt from THE ORGAN-GRINDER’S MONKEY: CULTURE AFTER THE AVANT-GARDE, by Louis Armand (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2013). Photo: still from The Night Porter (Il portiere di notte), dir. Liliana Cavan, 1974.   A synopsis of Joshua Cohen’s 817-page novel, Witz,[1] might read something like this: On Christmas Eve 1999, all the Jews in the world die … Continue reading

QUANTUM OF SOLLERS – Part One

“A SUBJECT I WOULD CALL ILLIMITABLE, NUMBERLESS” On the author of H (1973), forthcoming in translation with Equus Press. Photo: Philippe Sollers in Prague, 1997. It is difficult to overstate Philippe Sollers’ (*1936) importance for post-War literary experimentalism, or that of Tel Quel, a journal Sollers co-founded, edited and used as his mouthpiece for the … Continue reading

‘THE DEATH’ HAS SWEPT THE LAND

*An excerpt from Damien Ober’s forthcoming novel (August 2014), DOCTOR BENJAMIN FRANKLIN’S DREAM AMERICA THE STORY SO FAR: 1777. Colonial America. A year after uploading the Declaration of Independence, a mysterious internet plague has broken loose in the cloud, killing any user who accesses a networked device. Seizing the moment, the British take control of … Continue reading

“YOU DO NOT KNOW MY HISTORY & WILL NOT WRITE IT”

*Excerpt from THE ORGAN-GRINDER’S MONKEY: CULTURE AFTER THE AVANT-GARDE, by Louis Armand (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2013). Photo: Lukáš Tomin in Prague, 1992 (by Marek Tomin).   The author of three books during his short lifetime, Lukáš Tomin was something of a René Crevel of Prague’s nascent post-Revolution scene in the early nineties. Born in 1963, … Continue reading

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