The Lives of the Saints
Everyone is bored. Bored, bored, fucking bored…”
From the opening words, these harrowing evocations of ordinary life lay bare the fear and frailty beneath the surface of the Australian dreamscape. Sydney’s suburbs in the nineties are a dark and troubled sprawl of alienated beat sex, compromised desire, cheap drugs and short sharp shocks of violence. Get a taste of what this city was like before the property boom glossed it up and painted a smug smile on its face.
Edward Berridge’s cult classic is reprinted for the first time in over twenty years. Revisit the collection of stories that sparked a new realist literary movement and Who magazine called pornography. It’s Last Exit to Brooklyn picked up and dumped south of Tempe.”
Set in Sydney’s Inner West, Crystal Street is a semi-fictionalized documentary inspired by the New Realism of the Italian cinema of the Fifties, drawing especially from The Bicycle Thief. Taking place over a week it is the story of two men: Steve, an amphetamine junkie and dealer and Frank, an old Greek man who sells hot dogs. Both live in a small block of flats part owned by the council. Steve struggles to make enough money, dealing to keep his addiction in check and pay off Danny the Man, the bikie who supplies him with drugs. Frank lives alone and survives by selling hot dogs outside the Oxford Tavern strip club. He lives for his daughter, soccer, hotdogs and tsipro, his liquid sun.
This is a story about two men and how sometimes hot dogs can make a difference.
“I was aware of the weight of Spoole’s head, clutched against my stomach. I hadn’t thought of a head being something that was heavy to carry. Another new thing learned.”
Coming October 6th 2017: Edward Berridge’s darkly comic literary domestic noir Villain. Imagine Girl on a Train written by Michel Houllebecq with a last twist of the knife you won’t see coming.
Abdul and the Cauliflower
Chris Fleming & Nick Gordon
Abdul and the Cauliflower is a disorienting tale about the misfortunes of a depressive in a world of perfect happiness: sadness scandalises his friends. Equal parts Kafka and visual stuff, Abdul takes places in a no-man’s land which both tempts and confounds. While indebted to Dada and aesthetic modernism, the combination of Chris Fleming’s darkly absurd text and Nick Gordon’s superb, playful art creates a short, comic tale that is something all its own.