Imagining Architecture

Fantastical architecture, imaginary urbanism, and hallucinatory dwellings.

1. Lesabendio: An Asteroid Novel, by Paul Scheerbart

2. The Cathedral of Mist, by Paul Willems


Imagining Science

Outsider science, extreme empiricism, aberrant experiments, and imaginary speculations—literary explorations in fictional science.

1. An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris, by Georges Perec

2. The Perpetual Motion Machine: The Story of an Invention, by Paul Scheerbart

3. The Hierarchies of Cuckoldry and Bankruptcy, by Charles Fourier

4. Pataphysical Essays, by Ren Daumal

5. The Table, by Francis Ponge


The Library of Cruelty

Tales of love, crime, war, and madness, from the surreal to the sarcastic.

1. The Leg of Lamb: Its Life and Works, by Benjamin Pret

2. The High Life, by Jean-Pierre Martinet

3. The Book of Monelle, by Marcel Schwob

4. The Conductor & Other Tales, by Jean Ferry

5. Flametti, or The Dandyism of the Poor, by Hugo Ball

6. The Creator, by Mynona

7. The Emperor of China, The Mute Canary & The Executioner of Peru, by Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes

8. A Dilemma, by Joris-Karl Huysmans

9. Disagreeable Tales, by Lon Bloy

10. The Trumpets of Jericho, by Unica Zrn



Verse, from the adverse to the perverse.

1. Pybrac, by Pierre Louÿs

2. The Massacre of the Innocents, by Giambattista Marino


Wakefield Handbooks

The how-to manual reimagined: guidebooks on a variety of satirical, parodic, and quixotic subjects.

1. Treatise on Elegant Living, by Honor
de Balzac

2. The Young Girl's Handbook of Good Manners for Use in Educational Establishments, by Pierre Louÿs

3. A Handbook for the Perfect Adventurer, by Pierre Mac Orlan

4. The Physiology of the Employee, by Honor de Balzac