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Is anybody else as addicted to this imprint as I am? If I see something from them, especially if it's marked down at The Strand, I usually end up buying it and often end up reading it.

Ken L (Ken L), Monday, 29 November 2004 01:17 (sixteen years ago) link

I certainly have a few of their books. I rarely seem to get around to reading them, though, but I admit they're hard to resist buying on remainder.

Casuistry (Chris P), Monday, 29 November 2004 05:15 (sixteen years ago) link

Can we have some examples, please and thank you. I've never heard of it, you see.

Puddin'Head Miller (PJ Miller), Monday, 29 November 2004 14:49 (sixteen years ago) link

Dalkey Press is a non-profit project of the Center for Book Culture, which also publishes the Review of Contemporary Fiction and Context, whose generally wonderful content is available for free on the web.

If I were picking things at random from just the American list of the Dalkey catalog I might include David Markson's Reader's Block, Harry Mathew's The Conversions, Joseph McElroy's Women and Men, Curtis White's Memories of My Father Watching TV. But it just goes on and on!

andrew s (andrew s), Monday, 29 November 2004 15:07 (sixteen years ago) link

Good examples, andrew! A lot of the stuff they publish could be considered 'experimental' as opposed to 'naturalistic,' i.e. it doesn't just tell a straight story in a straightforward way, but 'experimental'with the emphasis on being playful, funny and inventive, in the sense of the Oulipo (Harry Mathews was a member), especially Raymond Queneau. I like the fact that a good deal of it is in American English, as I used to think this kind of stuff only existed in French: in addition to David Markson and Harry Mathews, I'm a big fan of Gilbert Sorrentino, almost any book.

I recently read one I liked a lot called Television by Jean-Phillipe Toussaint, about a man who is quitting watching television and at the same time is trying to finish,or more precisely, start his paper on Titian (He can't get started because he can't decide on the correct spelling of the artist's name). Might sound pretentious, but it was really pretty funny.

Ken L (Ken L), Monday, 29 November 2004 15:40 (sixteen years ago) link

Thank you.

Puddin'Head Miller (PJ Miller), Monday, 29 November 2004 17:15 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm a big fan of Gilbert Sorrentino, almost any book.

Oh, you're the one.

Casuistry (Chris P), Monday, 29 November 2004 22:07 (sixteen years ago) link

upon checking last night: 'I have one one of these books!'

cºzen (Cozen), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 20:02 (sixteen years ago) link

Which one?

Casuistry (Chris P), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 20:07 (sixteen years ago) link

can you guess?

cºzen (Cozen), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 20:09 (sixteen years ago) link

One of the Markson books?

Casuistry (Chris P), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 20:09 (sixteen years ago) link

Or something by Flann O'Brien.

Casuistry (Chris P), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 20:10 (sixteen years ago) link

you can guess.

david markson, 'reader's block'

cºzen (Cozen), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 20:12 (sixteen years ago) link

next to 'birds of america'.

cºzen (Cozen), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 20:13 (sixteen years ago) link

I forget, did you like "Reader's Block"? Have you read "Wittgenstein's Mistress"?

I have "This Is Not A Novel" but I've never gotten around to reading it. It seems like "Reader's Block" all over again.

Casuistry (Chris P), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 22:32 (sixteen years ago) link

I like 'em all. The very latest one, Vanishing Point, too. You could also read Springer's Progress to see some inklings of that technique,in a more convention if a little (I almost hate to type it) "Joycean" novel, before it emerged full-blown.

Ken L (Ken L), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 22:55 (sixteen years ago) link

I hated "Springer's Progress".

Casuistry (Chris P), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 02:14 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, it really wasn't that good. But everytime Springer got nervous, for example when his girlfriend was talking to another guy at the bar, he would start reciting random facts from the Lives of The Artists to himself to cool himself down. I assume Markson got this from Ulysses, where everytime Leopold Bloom crosses paths with Blazes Boylan you start to see it coming because he started thinking certain seemingly random thoughts. So Markson used a little of this in SP but with the distracting thoughts being about writers and artists, and then in his next books the rest of the stuff disappeared and these few lines became the whole book.

Ken L (Ken L), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 04:31 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm headed to the Strand today; I'll keep an eye out. Has anyone read any of their Eastern European and Russian lit? Is any of it particularly good?

zan, Wednesday, 1 December 2004 19:57 (sixteen years ago) link

so they are not actually based in Dalkey?

DV (dirtyvicar), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 20:48 (sixteen years ago) link

C'mon, you know where they got the name- from Flann O'Brien.

Ken L (Ken L), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 22:33 (sixteen years ago) link

nine months pass...
Wow, O'Brien namechecked on "Lost"!

Paul Eater (eater), Thursday, 29 September 2005 15:22 (sixteen years ago) link

Warning: there's a Third Policeman spoiler in the linked article.

Paul Eater (eater), Thursday, 29 September 2005 15:23 (sixteen years ago) link

I haven't watched Lost since the first few episodes, but based on what I've heard, there's at least one very obvious Third Policeman parallel -- a hatch in the ground leading to a system of tunnels, filled with machines and computers?

nabisco (nabisco), Thursday, 29 September 2005 17:56 (sixteen years ago) link

I've never seen the show but it sounds as though maybe I should! Though heaven knows fine influences alone do not fine art make.

Paul Eater (eater), Thursday, 29 September 2005 18:54 (sixteen years ago) link

Cripes. I did watch one episode of the programme.

I didn't know that Paul Eater was a Mylesian!

Also: unlike the Yanks, I have never seen a Dalkey Archive book remaindered. In fact, I think I have never seen one.

the pinefox, Saturday, 1 October 2005 15:54 (sixteen years ago) link

Rabidly Mylesian. I recently unearthed the Third Policeman t-shirt I made for myself in high school. On the back it reads IT IS A QUESTION OF MAKING LITTLE GOWNS.

Paul Eater (eater), Saturday, 1 October 2005 19:13 (sixteen years ago) link

More lit t-shirts! Theme of my weekend.

nabiscothingy, Sunday, 2 October 2005 23:51 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
I don't know if I like the new website. Unless they are keeping the two websites in parallel.

The Redd And The Blecch (Ken L), Friday, 2 February 2007 18:27 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

I saw and bought Yves Navarre's Sweet Tooth and Barthes' Letters on remainder recently. Seen Stein, Barnes' Ryder, Sorretino's Red the Fiend but passed on them.

Couple of others bought as bday presents...

More Search and Destroy you all - looking at the Latin American series yesterday, but need any golden nuggets as xmas is coming soon...


xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 28 October 2008 12:33 (twelve years ago) link

For what it's worth, I just did an interview with the chap who's designing their lovely new covers:

James Morrison, Tuesday, 28 October 2008 21:38 (twelve years ago) link

Is he related to Warren Motte?

OK, I clicked. He is.

Retrato Em Redd E Blecch (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 28 October 2008 22:08 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

Ok, so I picked the 10 books for $60 dollars option. I've always wanted to check out "Christ Versus Arizona" and Toussaint's books are going on my list. Anybody got any suggestions? I'm open to all types of books, would love some interesting Lit Crit. I love Dalkey.

silence dogood, Tuesday, 2 December 2008 20:57 (twelve years ago) link

The above post refers to the Holiday sale Dalkey is having now.

silence dogood, Tuesday, 2 December 2008 20:58 (twelve years ago) link

this one looks good



David Markson--Reader's Block, Wittgenstein's Mistress
Flann O'Brien--Third Policeman, At Swim Two Birds

Mr. Que, Tuesday, 2 December 2008 21:01 (twelve years ago) link

Stefan Themerson- Tom Harris. I bought the other two but haven't read them yet.
Gilbert Sorrentino- Aberration of Starlight, Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things.

Ruudside Picnic (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 2 December 2008 21:15 (twelve years ago) link

Anne Carson - Eros The Bittersweet. I had to read this for a class in college and was surprised how much I ended up liking it. It's kind of like Barthes' Lovers' Discourse, but grounded in classics and lot better imo.

If you love Dalkey, you've probably read Harry Matthews, but if not pick-up Cigarettes or My Life in CIA. They're both atypical for him and I think a lot more interesting than his OULIPO texts.

Has anybody hear read the Dalkey edition of Bouvard and pecuchet? How does the translation compare to the old Penguin one?

C0L1N B..., Tuesday, 2 December 2008 22:01 (twelve years ago) link

that crawford book is great!

cool app (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 2 December 2008 22:22 (twelve years ago) link


this was a pretty good book.

cool app (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 2 December 2008 22:26 (twelve years ago) link

i'm gonna have maria buy me the four ann quin novels that dalkey has reissued (for christmas). i need to read those.

scott seward, Tuesday, 2 December 2008 23:00 (twelve years ago) link

Thanks. I just put in my order, here are my 10:

1. Christ Versus Arizona , Cela
2. Oulipo : A Primer of Potential Literature , Motte
3. Theory of Prose , Scklovsky
4. The Counterfeiters , Kenner
5. Flaubert, Joyce, Beckett: The Stoic Comedians , Kenner
6. Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things , Sorrentino
7,8,9,10 Arno Schmidt's four volume catalog

I'm excited, but I got the Schmidt stuff on a complete whim. I know NOTHING about him.

silence dogood, Tuesday, 2 December 2008 23:09 (twelve years ago) link

Aww, US-only offer. I wanted to buy a hundred books when they had that amazing offer a while back, but was too slow to build up a list of titles.

Is Gass too obvious to be mentioned here? "The Tunnel" is fantastic. I just got a copy of the essay-collection "Temple of Texts", which looks really good too. (I recently ordered nearly all the Gass books I don't have, in a moment of materialistic exuberance)

Would love to hear the audio book where he reads the novel himself, but that probably won't happen. Turns out not a single Norwegian library even has a printed copy of the book.

Øystein, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 10:32 (twelve years ago) link


Ruudside Picnic (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 15:46 (twelve years ago) link

"Turns out not a single Norwegian library even has a printed copy of the book."

How did you check on this?

Get yer library to buy them - like I do sometimes...

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 18:20 (twelve years ago) link

There are a couple of online national library database aggregate searches. That's an idea though.
Now that I've actually looked it up, I see the audio book is much, much cheaper than I expected; it's just $15.96 at the moment.

I'd recommend Max Frisch's "I'm Not Stiller", but I have hardly any memory of it at all, except that I really liked it. Sheesh.

Øystein, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 18:45 (twelve years ago) link

I'm Not Stiller is pretty good but by the halfway point I thought it really lost its momentum

cool app (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 3 December 2008 21:37 (twelve years ago) link

Dalkey publishes the actinic Age of Wire and String by Ben Marcus ("the antiperson"). Sample it on google books.

alimosina, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 23:33 (twelve years ago) link

I didn't know they had finally put out more by Jean-Philippe Toussaint. Four in total now! Those are definitely worth checking out.

Briefly looking through my shelves for something not mentioned, I seem to remember enjoying Hidden Camera by Zoran Zivkovic.

Jeff LeVine, Sunday, 7 December 2008 19:03 (twelve years ago) link

ten months pass...

Kinda want to read that recent book about David Markson

A Bop Gun for Dinosaur (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 2 May 2011 16:55 (ten years ago) link

Yeah, I was intrigued by that one too, schlump. Hopefully, Dalkey will be having another 60% off summer sale soon. They did one around this time last year.

i just saw this in a store and leafed through the first pages (actually familiar because they're the focus of zadie's comparison between this & leve's earlier book), it looks good. and short. i should stick with dalkey because a lot of their books are short, and i can persevere with something i'm not sure about if it's <150pp

sensual bathtub (group: 698) (schlump), Monday, 2 May 2011 18:28 (ten years ago) link

Just finished "Suicide". It's really good. Interesting article about book and author here:

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 6 May 2011 01:18 (ten years ago) link

Been meaning to pick up Suicide. Anyone pick up the Best Euro Fiction yet, and how does it compare to the previous offering? & has anyone dipped into Gert Jonke yet? Geometric Regional Novel is described as somewhere between Flatland and Peter Handke, ooer.

etc, Wednesday, 11 May 2011 02:00 (ten years ago) link

Dalkey Summer Sale going on now through June 15th. 10 books for $65 with free shipping in US.


Romeo Jones, Wednesday, 18 May 2011 16:44 (ten years ago) link

Aargh. David Markson book is in the "Scholarly Series" so sale does not apply. Which of course makes sense but...

stars on 45 my destination (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 18 May 2011 18:00 (ten years ago) link

eight months pass...

Juan Filloy's Op Oloop

i think this is really good but im not really sure i can put together why.

(_()_) (Lamp), Friday, 10 February 2012 04:25 (nine years ago) link

The Michal Ajvaz books are both astonishing. The Other City is the more accessible, a fantasy of what goes on in Prague when you're not looking that reminded me of Bruno Schulz and the Little Nemo strips. Golden Age is more demanding, but worth sticking with. I will pre-order anything else that comes up in translation.

Soukesian, Sunday, 12 February 2012 16:10 (nine years ago) link

I loved The Golden Age, just got The Other City from the library

JoeStork, Sunday, 12 February 2012 18:46 (nine years ago) link

three months pass...

The Ajvaz are amazing - read The Other City a few years ago just before we spent a week in Prague, & The Golden Age reminds me of some of the Chinese classics.

Anyone read Wilfrido Nolledo's But For The Lovers or Salvador Espriu's Ariadne In The Grotesque Labyrinth? Really wish I still lived near a place where bookstores would have Dalkey Archive displays.

etc, Wednesday, 6 June 2012 13:40 (nine years ago) link

six months pass...

This is pretty crazy: http://www.dalkeyarchive.com/aboutus/?fa=Employment

Though I would seriously love to work at Dalkey... But still!

emil.y, Thursday, 13 December 2012 04:04 (eight years ago) link

lol they fuckin nuts

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 13 December 2012 04:06 (eight years ago) link


kristof-profiting-from-a-childs-illiteracy.html (schlump), Thursday, 13 December 2012 04:22 (eight years ago) link

such a comprehensive way of changing your feelings toward dalkey archive press

kristof-profiting-from-a-childs-illiteracy.html (schlump), Thursday, 13 December 2012 04:23 (eight years ago) link

thats really terrible

f (Lamp), Thursday, 13 December 2012 04:44 (eight years ago) link

i couldn't be bothered reading all the way through but in this intern on intern deathmatch, is it the case that some of those who do not emerge triumphant will have given up their life, let their ill parents die without visiting &c & yet never be paid?

they're so gross

kristof-profiting-from-a-childs-illiteracy.html (schlump), Thursday, 13 December 2012 04:56 (eight years ago) link

Any of the following will be grounds for immediate dismissal during the probationary period: coming in late or leaving early without prior permission; being unavailable at night or on the weekends; failing to meet any goals; giving unsolicited advice about how to run things; taking personal phone calls during work hours; gossiping; misusing company property, including surfing the internet while at work; submission of poorly written materials; creating an atmosphere of complaint or argument; failing to respond to emails in a timely way; not showing an interest in other aspects of publishing beyond editorial; making repeated mistakes; violating company policies. DO NOT APPLY if you have a work history containing any of the above.

DO NOT APPLY if you have ever been unavailable at night or on the weekends

kristof-profiting-from-a-childs-illiteracy.html (schlump), Thursday, 13 December 2012 05:02 (eight years ago) link

Good riddance to these guys, then.

albvivertine, Thursday, 13 December 2012 09:28 (eight years ago) link

btw I was talking to some dude who worked at dalkey last year (this was last year, dont know what the sitch is now) but he said their best seller far and away was the the third policeman because it was featured in Lost for like 3 seconds so even if they were able to pay I doubt it would be any sort of living wage maybe i'm wrong idk

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 13 December 2012 09:32 (eight years ago) link

Well, being a small firm who might require some voluntary effort for the love of the work is one thing... actually sounding like an angry cult leader in your job posting is another...

emil.y, Thursday, 13 December 2012 13:13 (eight years ago) link


kate78, Thursday, 13 December 2012 21:17 (eight years ago) link

id like to think the advert was vaguely meta or at least viralbait

Nilmar Honorato da Silva, Thursday, 13 December 2012 21:21 (eight years ago) link

i think on some level that would be more depressing than it being totally sincere

kristof-profiting-from-a-childs-illiteracy.html (schlump), Friday, 14 December 2012 01:48 (eight years ago) link

more than vaguely meta but still illjudged tbh

three, two, one....

Dalkey boss now trying to pass it off as Jonathan Swift-style comedy.

ornamental cabbage (James Morrison), Friday, 14 December 2012 02:02 (eight years ago) link

You can see the defence here: http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/pursuedbyabear/2012/12/13/dalkey-archive-responds-to-that-job-advertisement/

The first bit (The advertisement was a modest proposal) could theoretically wash if he didn't follow it up with shit like this:

I’ve seen so many applications to Dalkey in which CVs list upwards of six internships, which tend to smack of ‘we looked, we evaluated, and didn’t think the person was good enough to keep’

Some of those could be because the candidate wasn't good enough, but an awful lot of those will be because shitheads like you force people into internships and will only offer a job if they become estranged from family, friends and their own soul.

Employers do not offer internships out of the goodness of their heart

Lol, no shit. Dude, you offer internships so you can get free labour.

interns aren’t employees

So you don't have to pay them.

they have to do something worthwhile for the company or why else have them around; but, at the same time, they don’t have much to offer because they don’t have the knowledge or experience to do very much

Maybe try looking at some with multiple placements, then? That sounds like experience to me. Oh, but no, you might have to pay them at the end.

emil.y, Friday, 14 December 2012 02:27 (eight years ago) link

Fucking internships are such a con. As far as I know we don't have them in Australia. Slave labour bullshit.

ornamental cabbage (James Morrison), Friday, 14 December 2012 05:21 (eight years ago) link

I've never been sure as to how legal they are. I was under the impression that if you were "shadowing" someone who is working, you don't need to be paid but if you are doing actual work you have to get minimum wage but idk.

Go Narine, Go! (ShariVari), Friday, 14 December 2012 08:40 (eight years ago) link

"Dalkey Archive" is such an awful name for a publisher anyway, also comparing that joblisting to O'Brien etc on a satirical level is just awful (it does kinda read like it was meant that way, but clumsily fails to hide a basic "we're a gigantic bunch of pretentious cocks" tendency), good riddance again

albvivertine, Sunday, 16 December 2012 11:49 (eight years ago) link

eight years pass...

Could be good.


xyzzzz__, Monday, 28 December 2020 21:35 (nine months ago) link


Dog Heavy Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 28 December 2020 21:41 (nine months ago) link

This is very much my thing. Chad Post is great.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Monday, 28 December 2020 23:06 (nine months ago) link

One of these days I’ve gotta get around to reading Miss Macintosh My Darling.

Did anyone read that novel Dodge Rose they put out a few years back? I read about 20 pages and found it completely impenetrable, saw some people online discussing whether it was an elaborate hoax.

JoeStork, Tuesday, 29 December 2020 00:35 (nine months ago) link

Nope. But I wouldn't be surprised if it was a hoax. I haven't bothered with Dalkey's new releases for years, and Chad talks about the decline of Dalkey so I'm very interested.

The publisher sounds like one of those colourful figures, which basically tells me there are scars to heal for a lot of ppl.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 29 December 2020 16:13 (nine months ago) link

Which goes back to the Dalkey intern business...

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 29 December 2020 16:15 (nine months ago) link

Didn’t he pass away recently?

Dog Heavy Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 29 December 2020 16:16 (nine months ago) link

Yes, a couple of weeks ago. Chad and Deep Vellum are taking over at Dalkey to maintain its books in circulation, I think.

Hence this side-project.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 29 December 2020 16:19 (nine months ago) link

Chad has made a lot of allusions to abusive behaviour at Dalkey over the years.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Tuesday, 29 December 2020 23:10 (nine months ago) link

Just got an email from Chad.

Dog Heavy Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 January 2021 19:13 (nine months ago) link

Me too. A fascinating read!

cajunsunday, Monday, 4 January 2021 20:23 (nine months ago) link

At one point I had both versions of Splendide-Hôtel.

Dog Heavy Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 January 2021 20:54 (nine months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Looking forward to reading the latest missive which I just received

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 25 January 2021 16:08 (eight months ago) link


Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 25 January 2021 16:54 (eight months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Latest one arrived today.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 18:00 (seven months ago) link

six months pass...

And another one. Really good.

Hitsville Ukase (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 25 August 2021 15:45 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

Is anyone else reading these but me?

I, the Jukebox Jury (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 23 September 2021 14:43 (three weeks ago) link

I haven't been but I might have a read over soon. Are there any particularly good ones?

emil.y, Thursday, 23 September 2021 15:10 (three weeks ago) link

I've read most of them. If you read any then read the first one.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 23 September 2021 15:28 (three weeks ago) link

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