Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Album Zutique: No. 1 (Album Zutique) by Jeff…

Album Zutique: No. 1 (Album Zutique) (2003)

by Jeff VanderMeer

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
341329,500 (4)None



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

This is a volume of contemporary Decadent writing. The unique aspect of this book is that the Decadent prose and tales are NEW, rather than 100+ years old (there aren't many writers still wringing in the Decadent style these days). I really enjoyed the odd stories; quite strange to read the Decadent style within a contemporary context. My favorite story was "The Scream" by Michael Cisco, an absolute delight. I love stories that are the literary equivalent to drugs, and Cisco's work was like taking a handful of mushrooms. No apologies; just a one way ticket on a runaway train into madness.

The name of the book comes from a 19th century Parisian poet's circle called the Zutistes. This literary coven included the likes of Verliane and Rimbaud. When they met they'd put out a blank album. Members were encouraged to write anonymous poems into the album if they so wished.

Some of the stories really surprised me with their level of sophistication and knowledge of obscure aestheticism. A trademark of Decadent writing is over-refinement. Some of these stories distilled incredibly wild concepts down to their essential oils; an ultra-potent elixir for the senses. I kept thinking, "How did the writer even come up with this stuff?" Great fun! ( )
  Dead_Dreamer | Jan 12, 2010 |
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

No library descriptions found.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
7 wanted

Popular covers


Average: (4)
3.5 1
4 4
4.5 1

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 119,655,522 books! | Top bar: Always visible