Critical Reception

“This is the best book I’ve ever read.” James Adler “One of the top five books that I’ve had the pleasure of reading.” Nathan Vetter “David Vardeman’s prose bites. It bites, it claws, scratches and gnaws at our facade of normalcy, at our belief in superiority. It’s fresh. Surprising. It forces us to face the […]


We would like to invite all corona/samizdat readers and fans to feel free to discuss all things important and not. What’s your favorite c/s book so far and why? What buried manuscripts would you like to see exhumed? Are blurbs always convincing or only evincing of some degree of nepotism? Do you judge books by […]

The Manifold Destiny of Eddie Vegas

The Manifold Destiny of Eddie Vegas by Rick Harsch 717 pages20€/18€Shipping: 8.69€ airmail To order, send an email to and let Rick know which books and how many you would like (combined shipping is cheaper), along with your mailing address. “For his magnum opus, Harsch reached into a bag of tricks left in a closet in Brussels […]

Sea Above, Sun Below

Sea Above, Sun Below by George Salis 366 pages10€/9€Shipping: 5.54€ airmail To order, send an email to and let Rick know which books and how many you would like (combined shipping is cheaper), along with your mailing address. Upside-down lightning, a group of uncouth skydivers, resurrections, a mother’s body overtaken by a garden, aquatic telepathy, a peeling […]

Cynicism Management

Cynicism Management by Bori Praper 12€ postage 5.54€ 706 pages A satirical tour through contemporary Europe, from the Orkney Islands, to airport toilets, Slovenia, and, well, either Africa or the Middle East, for two plots are misaligned in the manner that our dystopian modernity manages quite easily. If you have a tattoo on your ass, […]

Raging Joys, Sublime Violations

back from oblivion! CHANDLER BROSSARD! Where’s Kissinger? Good question–turn the book over: There he is, eating a baby. That’s Henry Kissinger. This novel was written in the early 70s by a very outraged novelist, and so I thought it might be helpful to write an introduction for younger readers: HOW TO READ RAGING JOYS, SUBLIME […]

The Driftless Zone

The Driftless Zone by Rick Harsch725 pages16.50€/15€shipping: 5.54 One thing I learned from this trilogy is that satire diffuses meaning without defusing its force. Or not necessarily either. Luckily I was already aware that books are not typically received as they are offered. Yet equally alien were the thoughts of dastardly Christopher Atamian, who gave […]

Skulls of Istria

Summary: “A man sits at a bar in Piran on the Adriatic coast in former Yugoslavia and tells his story to a large man who speaks no English, yet plied by free liquor remains, at times in a drunken sleep, head on the table as the words drift over his skull. This tavern confession is […]

An Angel of Sodom

An Angel of Sodom by David Vardeman 10€/9€ An Angel of Sodom is the title short novel, which is followed by 13 short stories, by David Vardeman, long neglected, long at work, always writing. Now that he is published a unique and frankly indescribeable author has come to haunt the literary milieu with is perverse, […]

The Nonfiction of Rick Harsch

WALK LIKE A DUCK, a season of little league baseball in Italy 646 pages 20€/18€ postage: 8.69€ Perhaps the most unique celebration of the game of baseball ever written, Walk Like a Duck, a Season of Little League Baseball in Italy, is a diary following the 2018 season of the Staranzano Ducks, a team of […]


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