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Green Integer Series No.: 077
Pages: 140
ISBN: 978-1-931243-29-2
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If Only the Sea Could Sleep: Love Poems


Translated from the Arabic by Kamal Boullata, Susan Einbinder and Mirène Ghossein with an Introduction by Mirène Ghossein

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Winner of the America Award for Literature

Adonis has had more influence in terms of innovation and modernity than any other contemporary Arab poet. Twice he has been a finalist for the Nobel Prize.

For Adonis, poetry is a vision (ru’ya) a “leap outside of established concepts, a change in the order of things and in the way we look at them.” His work often centers on the process of poetic creation. Selected from Al-A’mal al Shi’riyya (The Complete Works, 3 volumes), the current book explores the great Syrian poet’s oeuvre more than any other previous collection in English.

Green Integer Series No.: 010
Pages: 383
ISBN: 1-55713-344-1
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Hans Christian Andersen

Translated from the Danish and Edited by Anastazia Little

Born in Denmark in 1805, Hans Christian Andersen grew up the son of an impoverished washerwoman and a cobbler father given to daydreaming. The child, often left alone, played with his theater and created stories for his marionettes. At the age of fourteen, he left his home in Odense for Copenhagen, penniless, but convinced he would find a job in the Royal Theater. He was immediately dismissed by the director as being too thin and having no breeding.

Andersen then contacted the Director of the Academy of Music, Siboni, asking the housekeeper at the door for a job singing. Ushered into the living room where the Director was giving a dinner party, Andersen sang a song or two, and immediately endeared himself to the guests. And for the next several months he was given dinner each evening at a different guest's home, until he found the patronage of Jonas Collin, one time head of the Royal Theater, who educated him and supported his earliest travels abroad, beginning in 1831.

From 1835 to 1839, Andersen produced a novel The Improvisatore and wrote several of the tales that were later to make him world famous, including “The Princess and the Pea,” “The Emperor's New Clothes,” and “The Little Mermaid.” Throughout his life, however, he continued to travel, making over twenty-nine journeys abroad. In his homeland and elsewhere in Europe, he is also well known for the books describing these journeys.

Translator Anastazia Little has gathered much of this travel writing, which shows him accumulating ideas for his stories in the midst of foreign settings, agonizing over adverse criticism, and displaying a near neurotic concern for his health—all of which makes for fascinating and entertaining reading.

Green Integer Series No.: 207
Pages: 187
ISBN: 978-1-55713-420-2
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Conversations with Stalin

Eleanor Antin

With drawings by the author

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"I never told anybody but comrade Stalin and I were very close friends. For years we used to meet up in Central Park and talk about stuff. My mother would have been jealous so I never told her. I didn't tell my sister either. She might have turned him in. And my father would have warned me not to mingle with such highfalutin folk. I would only get hurt. So I kept my secret for years. It was fun to have a secret anyway. I was a conspirator. Like the count of Monte Cristo or Jean Valjean."

Eleanor Antin, creator of the world renowned picaresque picture postcard epic, "The Adventures of 100 Boots," the notorious conceptual sculpture, "Carving," the paper-doll film thriller, "The Nurse and the Hijackers" and numerous other challenging mixed genre art works, has turned to prose narrative to create a black comic coming of age memoir in the tradition of Holden Caulfield, Huck Finn, Little Orphan Annie, and the irrepressible Dorothy on the road to Oz. Conversations with Stalin is a stand up punchy tale of a young girl's struggle to find her way from her crazy dysfunctional family of first generation Jewish Stalinist immigrants in her desperate, endearing, often hilarious quest for art, self, revolution and sex, abetted by a kindly avuncular Stalin dispensing bizarre advice that almost always "fucks everything up."

Green Integer Series No.: SMC 120
Pages: 376
ISBN: 1-55713-304-2
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Republics of Reality 1975-1995

Charles Bernstein

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Recognized internationally as one of the major forces of contemporary poetry, Charles Bernstein—formerly the David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the State University of New York, Buffalo—is now a professor of Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Bernstein co-founded L=A-N=G=U=A=G=E magazine in the late 1970s, giving rise to what has come to be called “Language” poetry.

However, as these poems reveal, Bernstein's allegiance has not been to any one kind of poetry, but to an “artificed” writing that refuses simple absorption into the society around it. 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.

See also the author's Interview with Romina Freschi in Green Integer Review Issue No. 1.

Green Integer Series No.: 064
Pages: 220
ISBN: 1-931243-36-0

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The Exterminating Angel

Luis Buñuel

Translated from the Spanish by Chase Madar

An aristocrat named Nobile invites several society friends to his house after the opera. But even as the dinner preparations are underway, servants feel compelled to leave. Despite threats of dismissal, the footman also leaves, and, as guests arrive, other servants escape. Dinner is served and hours pass, but the guests do not leave. Finally, each refusing to be the first to leave the party, distrust sets in, and the guests turn on their host, blaming him for their self-induced captivity.
        One of Luis Buñuel´s most sardonically humorous and visually dazzling movies, The Exterminating Angel reveals itself as a screenplay to be also a linguistically brilliant satire of social aspirations. The 1962 film presents itself in script form as an important work of literature.


Green Integer Series No.: 113
Pages: 208
ISBN: 1-931243-75-1
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Paul Celan

Translated from the German with an Introduction by Pierre Joris

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Book translation winner of the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation

The last volume of poems connected with what Paul Celan described as “die Wende” (“the turn”) Lightduress was written between June and December in 1967, and appeared approximately three months after the poet’s suicide in 1970. 1967, the year in which he composed most of this book, had been a difficult year for Celan, beginning with Claire Goll, the widow of poet Yvan Goll, wrongly accusing him of plagiarizing her husband’s poetry. Five days later, Celan attempted suicide with a knife aimed at his heart. From mid-February until mid-October he was interned at the Saint-Anne psychiatric hospital, and only in late April was allowed to travel.

In the same month he and Gisèle Celan-Lestrange, after difficult discussions, concluded that a separation was necessary, and Celan started to look for an apartment in Paris. During this same period, on the other hand, Celan wrote more than half of the poems of Threadsuns and a major part of this volume, and in July he traveled to Germany, leacturing at the University of Freiburg-im-Brisgau to a large audience that included the philosopher Martin Heidegger.

By October, Breathturn began to receive its first positive reviews and Celan moved in to a small apartment in the 5th arrondissement.

This long-awaited translation by the noted poet and translator Pierre Joris, represents, along with Breathturn and Threadsuns (both also available from Green Integer) the mature expression of one of the most important poets of the 20th century.

Green Integer Series No.: 097
Pages: 188
ISBN: 1-892295-49-0
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Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad

Masterworks of Fiction (1902)

On the occasion of the centennial year of its original publication (1902), Green Integer presents this great turn-of-the century tale of white colonialism and the effects of the African world on European self-satisfaction. The tale of the search of Kurtz, who moves deeper into the jungles of the Congo as his madness progresses, is brilliantly symbolic, a great adventure story, and the subject of numerous films (like Apocalypse Now, 1979) and commentaries.

Green Integer Series No.: 060
Pages: 166
ISBN: 1-931243-18-2
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A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens

Written and published in 1843, the year after Dickens had traveled through the United States, A Christmas Carol has proved to be one of Dickens' most popular and well read works. Although Dickens wrote it originally with the hope of paying outstanding bills, the book—self printed with an expensive binding—did not bring in as much money as he had hoped, and he was forced to move his family to Genoa. There, in the hot Italian summer, Dickens penned his second Christmas story, "The Chimes".

Today few readers need introduction to this great Christmas classic of Ebenezer Scrooge, his dastardly treatment of his employee and family, and his "ba-humbug" attitude towards Christmas—all changed by a nightmarish sleep of visions past, present, and future.

This new edition, printed with the John Leech illustrations, again revels why this work is so appealing.

Green Integer Series No.: 028
Pages: 163
ISBN: 1-892295-14-8
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Hell Has No Limits

José Donoso

Translated from the Spanish by Suzanne Jill Levine

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Winner of the America Award for Literature

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."

Originally published in 1966, this grimly vivid novel evokes the sweetness and despair during one fateful day in the collective existence of Estación El Olivo, a decayed community marked for doom as surely as Donoso's central character, the transvestite dancer/prostitute la Manuela, whose virginal daughter operates the brothel out of which she/he works.

La Manuela is menaced both by his would-be protector, the local politician/land baron who wants to raze Estación El Olivo for his expanding vineyards, and by a coldly vengeful trucker, nursing a lifetime of hurts, deprivation, and suppressed sexual ambiguity. The lives of this trio—past and present—are indelibly forged in the novel's stunning climax, which combines a shocking act of violence in the present with a bizarre erotic encounter from decades before.

Author of A House in the Country, The Obscene Bird of Night, Coronation, This Sunday, Curfew, and numerous other works, 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.

Green Integer Series No.: 086
Pages: 284
ISBN: 1-892295-89-X
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Gradiva and Delusion and Dream in Wilhelm Jensen's Gradiva

Sigmund Freud

With Wilhelm Jensen
Translated from the German by Helen M. Downey

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Here together in one volume are the strange and evocative "Pompeiian Fancy" by German author Wilhelm Jensen and one of the major texts of psychoanalysis in Sigmund Freud's oeuvre, discussing the role of delusion and dream in Jensen's work.

As Freud recounts Jensen's story, a young man has discovered in Rome a marble statue that so attracts him that he purchases a plaster-cast to hang up at home in a German university city. The statue of the young woman has such an effect on him that he becomes preoccupied with the relief and confers a name on the young woman--Gradiva. An intense study of the art and artistry of the work leads to a dream in which the young man is transported to Pompeii on the day of the Vesuvius eruption, where he encounters Gradiva and attempts to warn her of her impending fate. This fantastical dream, moreover, leads him on a real journey to Rome, Naples and ultimately Pompeii, where he appears to encounter the actual woman; but when he speaks to her in Latin, she answers in German. Is this woman real or a delusion?--a question which, in turn, becomes the focus of Freud's study.

Freud's analysis is at the same time a brilliant literary interpretation of a symbolic work and a statement of the importance of literature on his own thinking and the world of scientific study.

Green Integer Series No.: 031
Pages: 236
ISBN: 1-892295-61-X

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Federico García Lorca

Translated from the Spanish with a Preface by Jerome Rothenberg

Born in Fuentevaqueros, Granada in 1898, Federico García Lorca was one of the great Spanish poets and playwrights of the 20th century. He was murdered by Franco's soldiers in 1936.

Suites is one of the most charming and melodious of all of García Lorca's poem series. Written early in his career, most of these poems remained unpublished during his life-time and were later reassembled from notebooks. The first appearance of this work in English was in a small chapbook, titled Suites (Sun & Moon Press), and in the Collected Poems of 1988; but the current edition of Selected Verse contains only a fraction of the important series. This is the first complete single-volume edition of this great work.

Jerome Rothenberg is an internationally known poet and author of over sixty volumes of poems and nine assemblages of innovative and traditional poetry, among them Gematria (Sun & Moon Press). With Milos Sovak, he recently translated a collection of poetry by the Czech author Vítêzslav Nezval.

Green Integer Series No.: 022
Pages: 231
ISBN: 978-1-892295-10-1
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On Overgrown Paths

Knut Hamsun

Translated from the Norwegian, with Notes by Sverre Lyngstad

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Author winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

On Overgrown Paths was written after World War II, at a time when Hamsun was in police custody for his openly expressed Nazi sympathies during the German occupation of Norway, 1940-45. A Nobel laureate deeply beloved by his countrymen, Hamsun was now reviled as a traitor—as long as his sanity was not called into question.

However, the psychiatric report declared him to be sane, but concluded that his mental faculties were "permanently impaired." This conclusion was emphatically refuted by the publication, in 1949, of On Overgrown Paths, Hamsun's apologia. In its creative élan, this book, filled with the proud sorrow of an old man, miraculously recalls the spirit of Hamsun's early novels, with their reverence for nature, absurdist humor, and quirky flights of fancy.

This edition is the first authoritative English translation of Hamsun's last work, a work which stood at the center of the recent film Hamsun.

Green Integer Series No.: 012
Pages: 81
ISBN: 1-55713-372-7
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On Ibsen

James Joyce

Edited with an Introduction by Dennis Phillips

From the time of his earliest writings and interest in theater Joyce aligned himself with the great Norwegian dramatist, Henrik Ibsen. In 1900 he wrote an essay on Ibsen's drama, and the following year he cited Ibsen in opposition to the lack of quality in the Irish theater. Two years later he again wrote on an early Ibsen play. By the mid 1930s, however, his attitude towards the master had somewhat changed, as he briefly satirized the characters of Ghosts.

In his introduction, Phillips explores why Ibsen so captured Joyce's young imagination, and why he wrote about him. For the first time ever, this book collects all the writings by Joyce on Ibsen, works which, while certainly not important in Joyce's œuvre, help to reveal Joyce's literary strategies and give new insight into his career.

Green Integer Series No.: 123
Pages: 263
ISBN: 1-933382-06-6
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Ten Thousand Lives: Maninbo, Volumes 1-10

Ko Un

Translated from the Korean by Brother Anthony of Taizé, Young-moo Kim, and Gary Gach, with an Introduction by Robert Hass

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SEE ALSO: Volumes 21-25, Volumes 26–30


Winner of the America Award for Literature

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 also published selections from Vols. 21–25 (2021) and from Vols. 26–30 (2023) of this magnum opus.

Maninbo, as it is known in Korea, represents one of the major classics of 20th-century Korean Literature. It currently contains 4,001 poems in 30 volumes. Ko Un has been nominated several times for the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Green Integer Series No.: 217
Pages: 48
ISBN: 978-1-55713-439-4
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The Darkening Ecliptic

Ern Malley

Introduction by Pablo Capra

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Ern Malley was born in Liverpool, England in 1918. Soon after, his family emigrated to Sydney, Australia. Poverty forced Malley to drop out of high school and work as a car mechanic (among other odd jobs). At 25, he contracted a rare disease and died in obscurity in 1943.

Malley’s sister sent his poems to the Melbourne-based literary journal Angry Penguins, where they were quickly embraced by the avant-garde... and just as quickly revealed to be a hoax.

The hoaxers were Harold Stewart and James McAuley, two young poets who felt that modernism had lost its way. Drafted into World War II, they had composed Malley’s poems in their barracks in a single day. They intended the poems to be a parody of modernism, with many hidden jokes, including these lines from “Sybilline” about Malley’s nonexistence:

It is necessary to understand
That a poet may not exist, that his writings
Are the incomplete circle and straight drop
Of a question mark

Newspapers carried front-page stories ridiculing the avant-garde for finding merit in Malley’s poems. Chagrined, the avant-garde stood by their assessment. An obscenity trial followed.

Stewart and McAuley published several more books of poetry, yet they are mainly remembered for the Ern Malley poems, which are now included in anthologies of Australian literature.

Green Integer Series No.: 156
Pages: 72
ISBN: 978-1-933382-96-8
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Osip Mandelshtam

Translated from the Russian by Kevin J. Kinsella

Growing up in St. Petersburg in an assimilated middle-class, Jewish family, Osip Mandelshtam was educated in classical studies. From 1907-1910 he spent most of his time in western Europe, where he encountered the French Symbolists and other contemporary writing of the day. Returning to Russia in 1911 to attend St. Petersburg University, Mandelshtam joined with poets Anna Akhmatova and Nikolai Gumilyov in establishing the poetic movement Acmeism. Following the Russian Revolution, however, his writing and the works of fellow Acemeists gradually came under scrutiny and he was exiled. Mandelshtam was ultimately imprisoned and died at a Vladivostock transit station en route to a hard labor camp.

Following his death in 1938, Mandelshtam's wife, Nadezhda, wrote her acclaimed memoirs about her life and her husband during the Stalin era, Against Hope (1970] and Hope Abandoned (197'4).

Tristia was Mandelshtam's second book. Along with his first collection, Kamen (Stones) and Stikhotvorenia (Verses), Tristia established his reputation as one of the greatest Russian poets of the 20th century.

Green Integer Series No.: 109
Pages: 158
ISBN: 1-892295-74-1
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Six Early Stories

Thomas Mann

Translated from the German by Peter Constantine
Edited by Burton Pike

Author winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

Masterworks of Fiction (1893-1908)

When they think of the stories of the great German, Nobel prize-winning author Thomas Mann, most American readers recall Stories of Three Decades, translated in 1936; however, that edition purposely excluded several early tales of Mann’s which the translator found "tentative and awkward efforts." However, within the current literary context, these stories prove quite interesting.

Translating them for the first time into English, Peter Constantine received general acclaim and was awarded the PEN—Book of the Month Club Translation Award for 1997.

Green Integer Series No.: 203
Pages: 213
ISBN: 978-1-933382-23-4
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The Untameables

F. T. Marinetti

Translated from the Italian by Jeremy Parzen
with an Introduction by Luigi Ballerini
and Artwork by Alden Marin

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"How could one define The Untameables? Adventure novel? Symbolic poetry? Science fiction? Fable? Philosophical-social vision? None of these categories fits. It's a free-word book. Nude crude synthesizing. Simultaneous polychromatic polyhumourous. Vast violent dynamic." So F. T. Marinetti -- the founder, theoretician, and ringleader of Italian Futurism -- describes his fiction.

As Luigi Ballerini points out in the introduction, it is not hard to imagine this horrific world as a metaphorical representation of the "stinking, blood-filled trenches" experienced by Marinetti during his service on the Austrian-Italian front in World War I. Certainly there is something far more pitiable about the "heroes" of this work, Vokur and Mazzapà -- perhaps another version of the Laurel and Hardy kind of pairing that is part of a long literary tradition beginning with Flaubert's Bouvard and Pecuchet and continuing with such figures in works by Joyce and Beckett -- than the violent Nietschean warrior Mafarka of Marinetti's earlier "African" novel Mafarka the Futurist. For neither the black guards nor the prisoner Untameables control their destinies. The mysterious rulers of this desert island are the Paper People, cone-shaped beings "surmounted by circumflex book-hats," who hiss their instructions into the ears of the Negro guards. In short, not only is this world ruled by people of the written word -- not unlike bureaucratic paper pushers -- but it is metaphorically ruled by the author and readers -- the ultimate Paper People who push and bully their raw entrapped characters into a bizarre series of events.

Green Integer Series No.: 219
Pages: 54
ISBN: 978-1-55713-444-8
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Vladimir Mayakovsky: A Tragedy

Vladimir Mayakovsky

Translated from the Russian by Paul Schmidt
Drawings by Vladimir Mayakovsky and David Burliuk

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Two days before the 1913 premiere of this Futurist play in verse, the original cast withdrew because rumors started to spread across Saint Petersburg that they would be pelted with garbage and beaten by the public.

In fact, the audience did throw rotten eggs, shouting at 20-year-old Vladimir Mayakovsky (who played the leading role), "Stop him immediately!… Catch him!… He is not to get away!… Make him give us back our money!" According to actor Konstantin Tomashevsky:

Those were the times of turmoil, anxiety, dark forebodings. All of us instantly recognized in Mayakovsky a revolutionary, even if his hectic sermons to the human souls, mutilated by the vile city, sounded a bit muddled. It was an attempt at tearing off masks, revealing the sores of the society, sick beneath the veneer of respectability.

Other theatrical events that season were barely noticed. "Who's more insane, the Futurists or the public?" the Peterburgskaya Gazeta newspaper asked.

Green Integer Series No.: 194
Pages: 177
ISBN: 978-1557134196
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Three Women

Robert Musil

Translated from the German with a Foreword by Geoffrey C. Howes

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"There is a time in life when it noticeably slows down, as if it were hesitating to continue or intended to change its direction. It may be that at such a time one is more susceptible to misfortune."

One of the greatest authors of the 20th century, the Austrian writer Robert Musil (1880-1942) is best known for his magnum opus The Man Without Qualities, which portrays the power of love and sexual attachment to bridge chasms of gender, class, and nationality, while showing how limited that power is in the face of ingrained social structures.

His short story collection Drei Frauen (Three Women) -- consisting of "Grigia," "The Portuguese Lady," and "Tonka" -- was published in 1924. As this major new translation by Geoffrey C. Howes reveals, Musil in these tales explores Europe on the verge between civilization and brutality, the modern and pre-modern, nationalism and humanism, and between "precision and soul," to use Musil's own phrase. In encounters with the three women of the title, each male protagonist glimpses a possibility for re-imagining his male identity, each responding in different ways.

Professor of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages at Bowling Green State University, Geoffrey C. Howes has published numerous critical essays and previously translated Metropolis Vienna by Peter Rosei, also published by Green Integer.

Green Integer Series No.: 005
Pages: 197
ISBN: 978-1-55713-329-8
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Eureka, A Prose Poem

Edgar Allan Poe

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The last of Edgar Allan Poe’s books to be published during his lifetime, Eureka, A Prose Poem is a strange book indeed, particularly within the context of his desire for the work to be judged only as a poem. Part scientific tract, part crazed speculation, Eureka is one of the most unusual—and fascinating—works ever written. Revealed within this text is the heart of Poe’s aesthetic and literary concerns.

Poe’s concept has a great deal in common with the Big Bang Theory of the creation of the universe.

…I propose to show that this Oneness is a principle abundantly sufficient to account for the constitution, the existing phænomena and the plainly inevitable annihilation of at least the material Universe.

His exploration of the stars, planets, gravity, soul, body, and God is a remarkable phantasia of scientific thinking.

Rarely available in a single volume edition, Eureka presents Poe as a brilliant American intellect, attempting to grapple with the most complex ideas.

Green Integer Series No.: 006
Pages: 92
ISBN: 978-1-55713-330-4
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An Interview

Jean Renoir

With an introduction by Nicholas Frangakis

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An Interview represents the last public appearance and some of the last living statements on his films of the great French film director, Jean Renoir. In 1975, Renoir agreed to be interviewed by James Blue, James Silke, and others at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. In this revealing interview Renoir speaks about his relationship with the industry, actors, and his major films, including Grand Illusion, Boudu Saved from Drowning, The River, and Rules of the Game.

An Interview is an important document for anyone interested in the history of film in the 20th century, and a touching testament to one of the world’s greatest directors.

Green Integer Series No.: 058
Pages: 124
ISBN: 978-1-931243-07-0
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Duino Elegies

Rainer Maria Rilke

Translated from the German by Will Crichton and Mary C. Crichton

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Long dissatisfied with the highly romantic and often obscure translations in English of Rilke’s great poem cycle, brother and sister Will and Mary C. Crichton determined to work toward a translation that would be as straightforward and transparent, yet as lyrically beautiful, as Rilke’s German original. Working over the years, the Crichtons have produced a work in English worthy of Rilke’s poetic contribution, which he began in Duino near Trieste beginning in 1912 and completed in Switzerland in 1922. Rilke considered this work one of his greatest achievements.

Will Crichton was a professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. Mary C. Crichton was a professor of German at the University of Michigan.

Green Integer Series No.: 026
Pages: 150
ISBN: 1-892295-13-x
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Translated from the Ancient Greek
with an Introduction by Willis Barnstone

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This edition reintroduces Sappho to the modern reader, providing a vivid, contemporary translation, which captures the spareness and the intensity of Sappho's line. The wondrous Mary Barnard translation was based, unfortunately, on the 1928 Loeb edition by J.M. Edmonds, who filled in many of Sappho's fragment with his own Greek lines. In Professor Barnstone's brilliant translation, Sappho's work is presented as we have inherited it, in its darkly antiromantic idiom that rejects sentimentality and "prettiness."

Willis Barnstone is one of the most noted translators of today. He has translated numerous texts, including The Cosmic Fragments of Heraclitus, Greek Lyric Poetry, the Old Testament's erotic book The Song of Songs, and a literary translation of the New Testament. He is also the author of New and Selected Poems (1997), Moonbook & Sunbook (1998) and other books of poetry.

Green Integer Series No.: EL-E-PHANT 53
Pages: 304
ISBN: 978-1-892295-96-5
Price: U.S. $22.95

The School for Atheists: A Novella = Comedy in 6 Acts

Arno Schmidt

Translated from the German with an Introduction by John E. Woods

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Published originally in 1972, The School for Atheists is one of the great works of fiction by the renowned German novelist Arno Schmidt (1914-1979), whose masterpiece is Bottom's Dream, often compared to Joyce's Finnegans Wake.

Complex in plot, this later novel permits a more traditional reading than many of Schmidt's works. In 2014 envoys of the nation's great powers, including the matriarchal United States and the patriarchal China, hold a summit in the home of William T. Kolderup and his granddaughter Suse near the Danish border in the German town of Tellingstedt. In a story within a story Kolderup recalls his previous adventures with the mother-to-be of Isis, the man-devouring American Secretary of State. But Schmidt takes this even further by presenting his fiction as drama, in which the ship that carries Kolderup and the mother of Isis is wrecked, testing the atheist stances of the characters. The wonder of this book, however, lies not in its hilarious plot, but in its amazing language, the fascinating typography, and his complex references to culture—popular and classical—from Jules Verne to William Shakespeare.

Green Integer has previously published Schmidt's Dialogs I and Dialogs II. Other books by Schmidt have been published by Dalkey Archive press, including the Collected Novellas, Collected Stories, Nobodaddy's Children, and Two Novels (The Stony Heart and Boondocks/Moondocks), all translated by the award-winning John E. Woods.

Green Integer Series No.: 094
Pages: 140
ISBN: 978-1-931243-48-3
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Dream Story

Arthur Schnitzler

Translated from the German by Otto P. Schinnerer

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Masterworks of Fiction (1926)

A married couple, Fridolin and Albertina, are troubled by events and jealous of each other’s attentions the night before at a masquerade ball. Suddenly, Fridolin, a doctor, is summoned to the bedside of a dying man, an elderly councilor, whose daughter he finds attractive and vaguely sensual. So begins a series of involvements throughout the night in increasingly dangerous and deviant sexual adventures for Fridolin, who, taken by a friend to a “secret” party, is forced to make more choices that seemingly are beyond his control. The dream-like events are rendered more frighteningly real through Schnitzler’s powerfully detailed descriptions, as little by little Fridolin gives in to the demands of the secret celebrants. Do these represent real acts, or is the very fact that he imagines them enough to symbolize his moral decay? Schnitzler gives no answer, but Fridolin himself comes to realize that “No dream is entirely a dream.”

Dream Story, first published in 1926, was adapted into a film by Stanley Kubrick called Eyes Wide Shut (1999), starring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. In this superb translation, we recognize the full force of Schnitzler’s masterwork.

Green Integer Series No.: 050
Pages: 78
ISBN: 1-931243-42-5
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Tender Buttons

Gertrude Stein

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This edition of the legendary classic of 20th century prose poetry is the second single-volume English-language edition since its original publication in 1914 by Claire Marie [Donald Evans]. Stein's writing is as startlingly fresh as if published last month—or tomorrow. Here, objects, food, and rooms come into new perspective in Stein's wonderfully original language. Everywhere and everything in Tender Buttons is a delicious linguistic concoction.

Green Integer Series No.: 041
Pages: 48
ISBN: 978-1-892295-93-4
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Civil Disobedience

Henry David Thoreau

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One of the most important documents of American political thought, Civil Disobedience eloquently states a position that has influenced the thinking of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and many figures of the 1960s protests against the Vietnam War. Thoreau argues that…

The progress from an absolute to a limited monarchy, from a limited monarchy to a democracy, is a progress toward a true respect for the individual.… There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.

Author of Walden, Henry David Thoreau is one of the America’s most important 19th century thinkers.

Green Integer Series No.: 177
Pages: 71
ISBN: 978-1-933382-44-9
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The Sorrow Gondola

Tomas Tranströmer

Translated from the Swedish by Michael McGriff & Mikaela Grassl

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

Nobel Prize-winner Tomas Tranströmer is one of the most celebrated and influential poetic figures of his generation. He was born in Stockholm in 1931 and educated at Sodra Latin School and the University of Stockholm, where he received a degree in psychology. He began his psychology career in the early 1960s at Roxtuna, a juvenile corrections institute in Sweden, and worked for several decades in the field.

Since the publication of 17 Dikter (17 Poems) in 1954, Tranströmer has written eleven full-length collections of poetry, most recently Den stora gatan (The Vast Enigma) in 2004. He is one of the world's most translated poets (with books appearing in numerous editions in over fifty languages). Other honors which he has received include the Petrarch Prize, the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the Bellman Prize, the Bonnier Award for Poetry, the Aftonbladets Literary Prize, the August Prize, the International Poetry Forum's Swedish Award, the Oevralids Prize, the Griffin Prize, and the Swedish Academy's Nordic Prize.

The Sorrow Gondola is the first collection of poetry Tranströmer completed after the debilitating stroke he suffered in 1990. Since its publication, it has sold over 30,000 copies in Sweden alone. This new bilingual edition offers North American readers Tranströmer's seminal work for the first time as a single volume.

Translators Michael McGriff and Mikaela Grassl live in Salt Lake City, Utah. Co-founder of Tavern Books, McGriff is the author of Dismantling the Hills, To Build My Shadow a Fire, and a forthcoming volume of poetry, The Sequence of the Night. A native of Sunne, Sweden, Grassl is a graduate of the Torsby Ski Academy (Sweden) and the University of Utah, where she was a three-time All-American alpine ski racer.

Green Integer Series No.: 024
Pages: 130
ISBN: 978-1-892295-15-6
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What Is Man?

Mark Twain [Samuel Clemens]

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What Is Man? is one of Mark Twain’s most remarkable works: a long dialogue, written in 1906, about the nature of mankind. An old man and a young man argue, the older insisting that man is nothing more than a machine, Created by God, man acts only out of self-interest, he concludes, with certain in-born traits, and then is remade by “training,” by all the forces about him. The mind, argues Twain’s protagonist, is not controlled by man, but controls the man, “unceasingly at work during every waking moment.” Cynical in part, proclaiming the highest of values at other moments, Twain’s philosophical discussion is as fresh today as it was at the beginning of the century, and reveals yet another important aspect of this great American humorist-philosopher.

Green Integer Series No.: 091
Pages: 150
ISBN: 1-931243-15-8
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The Cursed Poets

Paul Verlaine

Translated from the French, with an Introduction by Chase Madar

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Assembled from articles published in French journals, the full version of The Cursed Poets (Les Poètes maudits) was first published in 1888. Arthur Rimbaud, the boy with whom Verlaine had had his infamous affair, Stéphane Mallarmé, and Verlaine himself need little introduction; figures such as Tristan Corbière and Jules Laforge, a major influence on the poetry of T.S. Eliot, were lesser known at the time, but are now recognized as major figures. Marceline Desbordes-Valmore is still unknown outside the francophone world, though Goya painted her portrait and Stefan Zweig wrote a study of her. Villiers de L'Isle-Adam is an ultimate Symbolist, after whose drama Edmund Wilson titled his Axel's Castle.

The translator lives in New York City.

Green Integer Series No.: 003
Pages: 124
ISBN: 978-1-55713-368-7
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The Critic as Artist

Oscar Wilde

With Some Remarks on the Importance of Doing Nothing and Discussing Everything

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The Critic as Artist is one of Oscar Wilde’s most well-known dialogues and, along with “The Decay of Lying,” his best expression of his aesthetics.

This major work is particularly interesting in the context of late 20th-century poetics. Like several of the younger American and British innovative poets and theorists, Wilde argues, through his character Gilbert, for the equal importance of the critical faculty with artistic creation; that, in short, the artist must be both critic and creator if (s)he is to produce great art; and that the art of the critic should be as fine a creative work as that of any poet or novelist.

Against the romantic notion of the artist creating from a vast unconscious storehouse of emotions and ideas, Gilbert posits that…

All fine imaginative work is self-conscious and deliberate. No poet sings because he must. At least, no great poet does. A great poet sings because he chooses to sing…. There is no fine art without self-consciousness, and self-consciousness and the critical spirit are one.

Green Integer Series No.: 105
Pages: 125
ISBN: 1-931243-52-2
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The Great American Novel

William Carlos Williams

Masterworks of Fiction (1923)

First published in 1923 in Paris in an edition of three hundred copies, this satiric novel by the great American poet is "a satire on the novel form in which a little (female) Ford car falls more or less in love with a Mack truck." For the most part, however, The Great American Novel is a serious attempt to write a novel with the recognition that such a work is impossible to write within established conventions. Although long available from New Directions, this edition, by presenting it alone, puts the work into new focus, and reveals its importance in Williams’ career.

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