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David Vichnar

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“A No Act Non-Play Composed of Non-Scenes…”

INTERVIEW WITH DAVID ČERNÝ & LOUIS ARMAND conducted by Ewelina Chiu at Meet Factory, on the occasion of the publication of the Czech translation of Armand’s Breakfast at Midnight (Snídaně o půlnoci – trans. David Vichnar. Prague: Argo, 2013). Pictured: “Barcode Baby” by David Černý, Prague.   Characters: David Černý (artist) Louis Armand (author) Ewelina … Continue reading

“WRITING TO CREATE A VOID”

PHILIPPE SOLLERS, H Equus Press is proud to announce the forthcoming publication of the first English-language translation of Philippe Sollers’ groundbreaking 1973 novel, H. Inspired by the May 1968 Paris student/worker uprising, it is a text which, in its own right, performs a revolt against much that’s been (and still is) taken for granted in … Continue reading

THE FEARLESS ICONOCLAST

ON BRIGID BROPHY’s IN TRANSIT, by David Vichnar Writing just a few weeks after her death in a Review of Contemporary Fiction issue devoted to her literary legacy, Steven Moore reviewed the reputation of Brigid Brophy (1929-1995) in very bleak terms: “[M]ost of her books are out of print on both sides of the Atlantic … Continue reading

“THE JOYOUS HERESY THAT WILL NOT GO AWAY”

THE POETICS OF GILBERT SORRENTINO, by David Vichnar   The experimental nature of Gilbert Sorrentino’s (1929-2006)[1] work results from his highly idiosyncratic blend of influences and proceduralist approach to fiction. As he confided to Charles Trueheart of Publishers Weekly, “form not only determines content, but form invents content.”[2] Sorrentino’s output commingles poetry and prose to … Continue reading

FROM PRE-ARTICULATION TO PRE-FABRICATION

Although a late starter, publishing his first book no earlier than the revolutionary year, 1989 (already having reached the age of forty), with over 16 books over the next twenty years, Michal Ajvaz, novelist, poet, essayist and translator, has been one of the most prolific and influential Czech writers of the post-communist period. Although an … Continue reading

EXPERIMENTALISM, PART 4

How do the two other Equus Press titles of 2012 (apart from Armand’s Breakfast at Midnight, analysed here) answer their publishers’ call for translocal experimentalism? By performing two opposite, yet parallel operations: by haunting one’s home by writing of it from abroad, and by inhabiting the abroad through the most unheimlich of its literary ghosts. … Continue reading

EXPERIMENTALISM, PART 3

One of the highlights of 2013 for Equus Press has been the publication of George Bataille’s Louis XXX (trans. Stuart Kendall), a neat little book that holds a multitude, the black&white sparseness of its cover artwork enfolding colourful riches. These riches are not only Bataille’s own, i.e. stored within The Little One and The Tomb … Continue reading

EXPERIMENTALISM, PART 2

In EXPERIMENTALISM, PART 1, “experiment” was traced back to its etymological connection with “experience” as the process of departing from what has been tested, of gaining knowledge by venturing beyond the known grounds – just as Joyce, Borges and Beckett did in both their lives and fiction. The particular sort of experience engaged with in … Continue reading

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