January 3rd, 2011 / 12:59 pm

Madras Press: New Ben Marcus, Kalfus, Kaufman, Barthelme

Madras Press has announced the release of four new titles, each in short run, short sized book copies, sold with all proceeds going to the charity of the author’s choice.

Among these is the first new standalone work by Ben Marcus in a long while, a 72 page book called The Moors:

The Moors is the story of a man, Thomas, whose understanding of reality leaves him at the prospect of encountering an attractive colleague while refilling his coffee at work; more so of the contents of his mind over the course of those feet from his desk, and the ensuing minutes. Along the way, shadows loom and bend, backs are turned, walls seem to move, and the passage of time is marked by the sounds of living objects colliding just beyond the sight of those who are listening. A breathtaking and claustrophilic story by Ben Marcus, written at a terrifyingly close point of view.

Also available is A Manual for Sons, an excerpt from Donald Barthelme’s The Dead Father; a volume of three new stories by Ken Kalfus; and The Tiny Wife by Andrew Kaufman. I have the first series of releases from Madras and they are beautiful little objects, and each toward a great cause.

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  1. Owen K.

      Funny… I was just on their site the other night, trying to order that very book (The Moors) . . . only to find that Paypal had messed up my account. Well, I’ll get that book one way or another… .

      Anyhow, thanks for posting this, Blake.

  2. Matthew Simmons

      Kalfus thoughts anyone? I’ve read a couple of really fine stories and wonder if he’s one of those ones I’m/we’re sleeping on

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  5. Mike

      yeah totally, it’s astonishing he’s not a god. but (and I really suspect his first name) Ken Kalfus’s first collection, Thirst (Milkweed), was a once-in-a-century collection. Just big fat and brilliant. It was about that long ago.. but Jesus’ Son, Drown, Smallest People Alive, Bryan Harty, Owen Matthews…Kalfus bite the bears’ ass before so many others. He’s sort of power-point of misdirection of the last 10 years.
      We’re on 3.5 mg’s of Ambian w/ K. Kalfus.

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  8. aaron b

      wasn’t “The Moors” in Tin House an issue or three ago?

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      wasn’t “The Moors” in Tin House an issue or three ago?

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