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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

“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

CAFÉ IRREAL

Equus Press enthusiastically welcomes the publication of the Irreal Reader, an anthology of writings from Café Irreal magazine, comprising the best of the fiction and essays from its first 40 issues. The anthology was launched in Prague last November, together with George Bataille’s Louis XXX. (translated by Stuart Kendall; London: Equus Press, 2013). Image: Franz … Continue reading

TOWARD A PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY OF POETISM

By Guy Debord’s well-worn definition,[1] psychogeography combines subjective and objective knowledge and studies, theory and speculation as well as (in the practice of his own Situationist International) public activism and urban interventionism, function and play. According to Debord’s biographer Vincent Kaufman, for all its apparent seriousness, the term also comprised “an art of conversation and … 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

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

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

“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

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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