10 Books Published by Dalkey Archive Press on Our Site — Book Cover Mosaic

Click for more detail about Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth (Catalan Literature) by Rowan Ricardo Phillips Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth (Catalan Literature)

by Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Dalkey Archive Press (Aug 28, 2012)
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One of the defining texts of twentieth-century Catalan fiction, written by one of its most innovative and cherished writers, Salvador Espriu’s "Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth" is a collection of thirty-four short stories in which the twists and turns of action, character, and place are as winding and sumptuous as the legendary maze of its title. Originally published in 1935 in the midst of great countrywide political and social upheaval, these stories are a mirror, a grotesque mirror, held up to Catalan and Spanish society. Infused with a deep sense of mythic power, blending social realism with lush modernist experiment, " Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth" is a triumph of style. Perhaps best known for his poetry, Espriu’s rich lyricism and highly evocative use of the Catalan language are here brought to life in the poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips’s remarkable English-language translation of a classic of world literature.


Click for more detail about Juice!: A Novel (American Literature Series) by Ishmael Reed Juice!: A Novel (American Literature Series)

by Ishmael Reed
Dalkey Archive Press (Apr 05, 2011)
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In 2010, the Newseum in Washington D.C. finally obtained the suit O. J. Simpson wore in court the day he was acquitted, and it now stands as both an artifact in their "Trial of the Century" exhibit and a symbol of the American media’s endless hunger for the criminal and the celebrity. This event serves as a launching point for Ishmael Reed’s "Juice!," a novelistic commentary on the post-Simpson American media frenzy from one of the most controversial figures in American literature today. Through Paul Blessings—a censored cartoonist suffering from diabetes—and his cohorts—serving as stand-ins for the various mediums of art—Ishmael Reed argues that since 1994, "O. J. has become a metaphor for things wrong with culture and politics." A lament for the death of print media, the growth of the corporation, and the process of growing old, "Juice!" serves as a comi-tragedy, chronicling the increased anxieties of "post-race" America.


Click for more detail about When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness (Dalkey Archive Scholarly) by Rowan Ricardo Phillips When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness (Dalkey Archive Scholarly)

by Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Dalkey Archive Press (Jul 20, 2010)
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In "When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness," Rowan Ricardo Phillips pushes African American poetry to its limits by unraveling "our desire to think of African American poetry as African American poetry." Phillips reads African American poetry as inherently allegorical and thus "a successful shorthand for the survival of a poetry but unsuccessful shorthand for the sustenance of its poems." Arguing in favor of the "counterintuitive imagination," Phillips demonstrates how these poems tend to refuse their logical insertion into a larger vision and instead dwell indefinitely at the crux between poetry and race, "where, when blackness rhymes with blackness, it is left for us to determine whether this juxtaposition contains a vital difference or is just mere repetition."


Click for more detail about Ishmael Reed: The Plays (American Literature) by Ishmael Reed Ishmael Reed: The Plays (American Literature)

by Ishmael Reed
Dalkey Archive Press (Sep 02, 2009)
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The award-winning plays of one of the most celebrated and innovative American writers of our time.


Click for more detail about Reckless Eyeballing by Ishmael Reed Reckless Eyeballing

by Ishmael Reed
Dalkey Archive Press (Oct 01, 2000)
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It’s the 1980s and the politics of the New York theater scene have taken yet another turn.


Click for more detail about The Last Days of Louisiana Red: A Novel by Ishmael Reed The Last Days of Louisiana Red: A Novel

by Ishmael Reed
Dalkey Archive Press (May 01, 2000)
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When Papa LaBas (private eye, noonday HooDoo, and hero of Reed’s Mumbo Jumbo) comes to Berkeley, California, to investigate the mysterious death of Ed Yellings, owner of the Solid Gumbo Works, he finds himself fighting the rising tide of violence propagated by Louisiana Red and those militant opportunists, the Moochers.

A HooDoo detective story and a comprehensive satire on the explosive politics of the ’60s, The Last Days of Louisiana Red exposes the hypocrisy of contemporary American culture and race politics.


Click for more detail about Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down by Ishmael Reed Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down

by Ishmael Reed
Dalkey Archive Press (May 01, 2000)
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“Folks. This here is the story of the Loop Garoo Kid. A cowboy so bad he made a working posse of spells phone in sick. A bullwhacker so unfeeling he left the print of winged mice on hides of crawling women. A desperado so onery he made the Pope cry and the most powerful of cattlemen shed his head to the Executioner’s swine.”

And so begins the HooDoo Western by Ishmael Reed, author of Mumbo Jumbo and one of America’s most innovative and celebrated writers. Reed demolishes white American history and folklore as well as Christian myth in this masterful satire of contemporary American life.

In addition to the black, satanic Loop Garoo Kid, Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down features Drag Gibson (a rich, slovenly cattleman), Mustache Sal (his nymphomaniac mail-order bride), Thomas Jefferson and many others in a hilarious parody of the old Western.


Click for more detail about The Terrible Twos by Ishmael Reed The Terrible Twos

by Ishmael Reed
Dalkey Archive Press (Sep 01, 1999)
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"The Terrible Twos" is a wickedly funny, sharp-edged fictional assault on all those sulky, spoiled naysayers needing instant gratification—Americans. Ishmael Reed’s sixth novel depicts a zany, bizarre, and all-too believable future where mankind’s fate depends upon St. Nicholas and a Risto rasta dwarf named Black Peter, who together wreak mischievous havoc on Wall Street and in the Oval Office. This offbeat, on-target social critique makes marvelous fun of everything that is American, from commercialism to Congress, Santa Claus to religions cults.


Click for more detail about The Free-Lance Pallbearers: A Novel by Ishmael Reed The Free-Lance Pallbearers: A Novel

by Ishmael Reed
Dalkey Archive Press (Sep 01, 1999)
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Ishmael Reed’s electrifying first novel zooms readers off to the crazy, ominous kingdom of HARRY SAM a miserable and dangerous place ruled for thirty years by Harry Sam, a former used car salesman who wields his power from his bathroom throne. In a land of a thousand contradictions peopled by cops and beatniks, black nationalists and white liberals, the crusading Bukka Doopeyduk leads a rebellion against the corrupt Sam in a wildly uproarious and scathing satire, earning the author the right to be dubbed the brightest contributor to American satire since Mark Twain (The Nation).


Click for more detail about The Terrible Threes by Ishmael Reed The Terrible Threes

by Ishmael Reed
Dalkey Archive Press (Sep 01, 1999)
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With offbeat humor and on-target social criticism, Ishmael Reed presents in "The Terrible Threes" a vision of America in the not-too-distant future, a portrait of a fairy tale gone awry. Opening on Thanksgiving Day in the late 1990s—three years after the former fashion-model president was laughed out of office for admitting that Saint Nicholas knew more about the workings of the executive branch than he did—the White House is implicated in a plot to rid America of its surplus people and the Third World of its nuclear weapons.