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Plain Song and Angel Heurtebise

Jean Cocteau (1889–1963) was one of the most influential artists of the French Surrealist avant-garde, best known for films like The Blood of a Poet (1930), Beauty and the Beast (1946), and Orpheus (1950). In his 30s, he wrote two long poems, Plain Song and Angel Heurtebise, about his love for Raymond Radiguet (1903–1923), a novelist and poet who died at age 20.

 


Lucebert: The Collected Poems, Volume 3
A Dutch/English Bilingual Edition

Lucebert (1924-1994) was affiliated with the art movements Cobra (or CoBrA: from Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam) and the Fiftiers (de Vijftigers). He won numerous national and Amsterdam-based prizes, and, to this day, he remains an important voice within the Dutch literary canon. Lucebert: The Collected Poems, Volume 3 (of four planned by translator Diane Butterman) covers the years 1965-1982.

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Last Living Words:
The Ingeborg Bachmann Reader
(back in print)

Born in Klagenfurt, Austria, in 1926, Ingeborg Bachmann studied law and philosophy at the universities of Innsbruck, Graz, and Vienna, writing her dissertation on Martin Heidegger. Brilliantly translated from the German by Lilian M. Friedberg, Last Living Words (winner of the Kayden Translation Award) presents a new perspective on this internationally renowned author of poetry, fiction, and radio plays. Green Integer previously published an early work, Letters to Felician.

 


Hell Has No Limits (back in print)

With its stark atmosphere, powerful characterizations, and dazzling alterations of perspective in time and gender, José Donoso's early masterwork, Hell Has No Limits, anticipates the qualities of better-known works by this Chilean magic-realist. He called it his best work: "the most perfect, with fewest errors, the most complete." Author of A House in the Country, The Obscene Bird of Night, Coronation, This Sunday, and Curfew, Donoso is one of the great Latin American "boom" novelists. He was awarded the international prize of the America Award in 1996, shortly before his death.

 


Ten Thousand Lives: Maninbo, Volumes 21-25

Born in 1933 in a small rural village in Korea’s North Cholla Province, Ko Un grew up in a Japanese-controlled land that was soon to experience the horrors of the Korean War. He became a Buddhist monk in 1952, and began writing in the late 1950s. Ten Thousand Lives is his major, ongoing work, which began in prison with a determination to describe every person he had ever met or heard of. It tells the stories of many figures from Korean history, as well as children and poor people, who, without his poems, would have vanished into oblivion. Green Integer previously published Volumes 1–10.

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My Year 2013: Murderers and Angels

The mass shootings that led up to 2013 and continued throughout the year determined that Douglas Messerli’s 14th volume of his My Year series would be focused on the individuals behind the weapons that had killed so very many innocent children and adults. But at the same time, it became clear to this historian of societal and personal cultural events residing in the city of Angels that there were also angels in our midst who created a dichotomy in life. As Cary Grant’s angelic messenger in the film The Bishop’s Wife observed, the face you see while strolling any city or village street “may be the face of a murderer or the face of an angel.” And in most cases there was no way to easily tell the difference.

 


Grammatical Dreams

Grammatical Dreams presents a series of luxuriant, twinkling, dream-like tales that might almost remind one of Scheherazade’s One Thousand and One Nights. Murray Pomerance is a Canadian writer of several fictions and books on film.

 


Biography of Julie von Bartmann

Written in France in 1923–24 and never previously published, Djuna Barnes’ play, Biography of Julie von Bartmann, is related to several of her early stories—particularly “A Night Among the Horses”—and to her 1928 fiction Ryder. Like the father, Wendell, of her fiction, the father of this early play, Basil Born, refuses to let his children attend public school, and challenges the school authorities, opposing their teaching methodologies: he wins. And like the early short story, one of Barnes’ best, a strong and sophisticated woman verbally destroys her “bestial” horse groom.

 


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Green Integer still has some of its older Sun & Moon books, many of them in hardcover!


The Road to the World's End

Sigurd Hoel

Smoke: and Other Early Stories

Djuna Barnes

Metaphysics in the Midwest

Curtis White

Thunder on the Left

Christopher Morley

The Sea-Rabbit: Or, the Artist of Life

Wendy Walker

Metropolis 1-15

Robert Fitterman

London

Fiona Templeton

Scenes from the Life of Cleopatra

Mary Butts

The Owl and The Goose on the Grave

John Hawkes

The Captain of the Butterflies

Cees Nooteboom

Bogeywoman

Jaimy Gordon

Terror of Earth

Tom La Farge

Switchback

Murray Mednick

Finite Intuition

Milo De Angelis

Dread

Robert Steiner

Hotel Death and Other Tales

John Perreault

Music from the Evening of the World

Michael Brownstein

New Jerusalem

Len Jenkin

 

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Gold Fools

Gilbert Sorrentino

In this brilliant, witty, yet fond burlesque of boys' adventure books, noted American novelist Gilbert Sorrentino tells the story in interrogative sentences, forcing the reader to answer the very questions of the narrative itself.

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Republics of Reality 1975-1995

Charles Bernstein

Including the complete poems of early books such as Parsing, Shade, Senses of Responsibility, Resistance, and The Absent Father in Dumbo, as well as new work (collected here as Residual Rubbernecking), Republics of Reality is one of Bernstein's most important collections to date, revealing his great diversity and the witty, quirky, comic, philosophic, and lyric quality of his poems.

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Content’s Dream: Essays 1975-1984

Charles Bernstein

As Ezra Pound’s Gaudier-Bzeska, William Carlos Williams’s Collected Essays, and Gertrude Stein’s How to Write served for their time, Bernstein’s provocative essays are documents central to the poetic theory of their day.

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Arcanum 17

André Breton

Considered radical at the time, today Breton's ideas seem almost prescient, yet breathtaking in their passionate underlying belief in the indestructibility of life and the freedom of the human spirit. Andre Breton wrote Arcanum 17 during a trip to the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec in the months after D-Day in 1944, when the Allied troops were liberating Occupied Europe.

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Asia & Haiti

Will Alexander

Asia & Haiti presents two long poems by Los Angeles poet Will Alexander, which, in the broadest sense, are about the cultures, economics, politics, history, and social concerns of the title regions.

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Radio Dialogs I

Arno Schmidt

Radio Dialogs I and Radio Dialogs II represent some of the “conversations” Schmidt performed on German radio, challenging listeners to reexamine the literary canon, from German authors like Barthold Heinrich Brockes, Christoph Martin Wieland, Ludwig Tieck, and Karl May, to the English Brontë sisters and the Irish James Joyce.

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The Secret Service

Wendy Walker

In a quasi-eighteenth century Europe, agents of the secret service use their ability to masquerade as objects to break up a plot against the king and queen.

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Smiles on Washington Square

Raymond Federman

In this, his fifth novel in English (and its first paperback edition), the acclaimed French-born writer and poet, Raymond Federman, has given us the bittersweet tale of Moinous and Sucette who fall in love "across a smile" in Washington Square.

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Selected Declarations of Dependence

Harry Mathews

A hilarious text of familiar quotations gone amuck that reveals Mathews' involvement with the Oulipo.

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Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic

Henri Bergson

In this great philosophical essay, Henri Bergson explores why people laugh and what laughter means. First translated into English in 1911, this important work has long been unavailable.

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with each clouded peak

Friederike Mayröcker

A magnificent text that does not easily fit into any genre, as it straddles autobiography, essay, fiction, and poetry.

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Fur

Liliane Giraudon

Moving through an indeterminate atmosphere reminiscent of Beckett, marginalized characters are mysteriously drawn to one another or brutally torn apart for reasons they cannot understand or which they completely ignore, for Giraudon gives no explanation, forcing us to drawn our own conclusions and leaving us with a feeling of puzzlement and wonder.

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