“The idea of, in front, behind, inside, this absurd fable is to break it down into small parts, and by the use of triviality in an inflationary way, destroy it”. — From the introduction, Opal L. Nations.
Stanley and Tie Tars, in the words of Stefan Themerson, “is a novella in the Diderot tradition, it takes firstly the characters and their absurdities, then moves on to situations and concepts, treating them in like manner”. And as a tour de force, the author writes the author into the story to steal the show. Its surreal imagery, scattered with the many fragments of bizarre ideas, make it one of the finest experimental novellas since the last war.
London: Covent Garden Press Ltd, 1971.
First edition. Signed by the author. Copies were to have been numbered but were not 8vo (21.2 × 14.2 cm) Softcover 54 pp Texts in English Illustrated wrappers. Side-stapled bound. Printed in b/w throughout.
Fine. Item ID: 2042.