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IS THIS THE ULTIMATE ‘PRAGUE NOVEL’?

“We are living in the Left Bank of the Nineties.” When legendary International Herald Tribune correspondent and founding Prague Post editor Alan Levy wrote these words, about “living in an historical place at an historical time,” he forecast a literary renaissance in Prague that many doubted and few recognised when indeed it did occur. For … Continue reading

HARSH BEAUTY

Cameron Woodhead on Louis Armand’s latest novel, ABACUS (Vagabond Press), Sydney Morning Herald “Pick of the Week” (July 25, 2015). Cover image (c) Glendyn Ivin   Sydney-born poet and novelist Louis Armand has lived in Prague since 1994. Such self-imposed literary exile tends to intensify the artist’s sense of what they’ve left behind – think … Continue reading

“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

DIE YOUNG LEAVE A BEAUTIFUL CORPSE©

Jean-Michel Basquiat & the Art of (Dis)Empowerment,* by Louis Armand When Jean-Michel Basquiat died in 1988 at the age of twenty-seven he had only been painting professionally for seven years, yet the body of work he left behind was prodigious. In a tribute at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York in 1996, his work … Continue reading

ABOLISHING PRAGUE

THE PERENNIAL CITY The truth about a city can’t be gauged from the lines on a street map. And yet how can the idea of Prague exist, except as a kind of diagram of itself, the fractured geometry of an alchemist’s necronomicon, the figura mentis, figura intellectus, figura amoris… May 1945. Edvard Beneš, the man … Continue reading

NOMAD IS THIS

Republished from Louis Armand, The Organ-Grinder’s Monkey: Culture after the Avant-Garde (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2013) originally published in Pierre Joris: Cartographies of the In-Between (ed. Peter Cockelbergh; LPB, 2011).   About half-way through his 2005 lecture on “The Seamlessly Nomadic Future of Collage,” Pierre Joris quotes Picasso to the effect that If a piece of … Continue reading

STANLEY KUBRICK DOES A REMAKE OF THE MAN FROM HONG KONG WITH A BILLION-DOLLAR BUDGET

What the voters for 2014’s Not-the-Booker Prize shortlist had to say about Louis Armand’s CAIRO (photo: poster art for The Man from Hong Kong, dir. Brian Trenchard Smith, 1975): Whatever else I might have discovered if I’d had the chance, I’d still nominate CAIRO by Louis Armand (Equus Press) for the short list because I … Continue reading

SEVEN TYPES OF MARGINALITY

A review of HIDDEN AGENDAS: UNREPORTED POETICS, edited by Louis Armand, featuring Ali Alizadeh, Livio Beloi, Jeremy Davies, Stephan Delbos, Michel Delville, Johanna Drucker, Michael Farrel, Allen Fisher, D.J. Huppatz, Vincent Katz, Stephen Muecke, Jena Osman, Michael Rothenberg, Lou Rowan, Kyle Schlesinger, Robert Shepperd, Stephanie Strickland, John Wilkinson (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2010). Reprinted from BIG BRIDGE, … Continue reading

IMPLIED OFFERINGS IN THIS UNIVERSE

ON THE WRITING OF LOUIS ARMAND, by JANE LEWTY (author of Bravura Cool). Republished from Thresholds, ed. David Vichnar (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2011). Image: Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Untitled (Head),’ 1983. Reading across Louis Armand’s poetry is to hover over a landscape that shows “the cartography of remote sensing.” Dense with syntactic possibility, the poems nevertheless resist … Continue reading

PIERRE GUYOTAT EN AVANT

by Stuart Kendall, first published in PORNOTOPIAS:IMAGE, APOCALYPSE, DESIRE, eds. Louis Armand, Jane Lewty, Andrew Mitchell (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2008). Photo: Jacques-Andre Boiffard, “Renée Jacobi,” Documents  8 (1930): 56.   Know what rhythm holds men. Archilochus   The first night, 14 April 1973, Pierre Guyotat’s Bond en avant (Leap Forward) started an hour late.[1] A … Continue reading

NEW WAVE

A review of Louis Armand’s CANICULE (2013) by Sean Carswell (originally published in Flagstaff Live). Image: Jean-Luc Godard, Le Gai Savoir, 1969.   At some point in my mid-thirties, I went on a French New Wave film kick.  It took me that long to watch any New Wave films because they seemed so pretentious.  But … 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

“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

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

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