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The Secrets of the Runes by Guido Von List
Translated by Stephen E. Flowers
Renowned scholar Guido Von List was the undisputed ‘High Priest’ of the Germanic occult renaissance in the early part of the 20th century - this book is a re-print of his original 1908 edition - An expert on Indo-European Germanic linguistics he spent years studying the Germanic/Runic alphabet and this book is considered the pioneering work on the subject - none of his other work sets out so clearly and simply the full spectrum of his vision and mystical philosophy based on ancient esoteric Germanic/Teutonic principles.
AUTUMN IN PEKING (L’Automne à Pékin)
Novel / Fiction By Boris Vian - Translated from French by Paul Knobloch
Introduction by Marc Lapprand
Boris Vian was a jack of all trades - he was a songwriter, playwright, singer, jazz critic, pataphysician and novelist, among other things. Vian’s 1947 novel Autumn in Peking (L’Automne à Pékin) is perhaps his most slapstick work - which included an extra amount of despair in its exotic recipe for a violent cocktail.
The story takes place in the imaginary desert called Exopotamie where all the leading characters take part in the building of a train station with tracks that go nowhere. Houses and buildings are destroyed to build this unnecessary structure.
Exopotamie is a thinly disguised version of Paris, where after the war the city started changing its previous centuries of architecture into something more modern. Yes, something dull to take the place of what was once exciting and mysterious.
Vian, in a mixture of great humor and a huge amount of disgust, introduces various ‘eccentric’ characters in this ‘desert’ adventure, all of them in a world similar to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, where there is a tinge of darkness and anything is possible, except happiness.
Tam Tam Books - Paperback - Absurd Novel/Fiction
FOAM OF THE DAZE (L’Ecume des Jours) - Novel / Fiction By Boris Vian
Boris Vian was an engineer, inventor, chronicler of jazz, trumpet player, poet, creator of spectacles and scandals, lyric writer, singer, novelist, and of course pataphysician.
Tam Tam Books publication of Boris Vian’s masterpiece FOAM OF THE DAZE (L’Ecume des Jours) with a new translation by Brian Harper has the full approval of the Vian estate.
FOAM OF THE DAZE is a jazz fueled Science Fiction story that is both romantic and nihilistic! Vian’s novel is an assortment of bittersweet romance, absurdity and the frailty of life. It is a nimble-fingered masterpiece that is witty and incredibly moving. IT IS THE STORY OF A WEALTHY YOUNG MAN, COLIN, AND THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE, CHLOE, WHO DEVELOPS A WATER LILY IN HER LUNG!
“The most heartbreakingly poignant modern love story ever written”
—- Raymond Queneau
“A kind of jazzy, cheerful, sexy, sci-fi mid 20th century Huysmans…”
—- Richard Hell
Tam Tam Books - 261 Page Paperback - Absurd Novel/Fiction