New Directions, November 2009. Stapled Pamphlets in Box. Used - Very Good. Item #231250
A legendary 1960s experiment in form, The Unfortunates is B. S. Johnson's famous "book in a box," in which the chapters are presented unbound, to be read in any order the reader chooses. A sportswriter, sent to a Midlands town on a weekly assignment, finds himself confronted by ghosts from the past when he disembarks at the train station. Memories of one of his best, most trusted friends, a tragically young victim of cancer, begin to flood through his mind as he attempts to go about the routine business of reporting a soccer match.
Like new. Unread. Pamphlets still in red wrap-around 1/4 'jacket'. First issued in 1969 by Panther / Secker & Warburg. This unusual novel by the sadly often, overlooked B.S. Johnson English is remembered mostly for its presentation which is well worth remembering. 27 stapled pamphlets 'apart from the first and last section (which are marked as such)' ... 'intended to be read in random order'. The pamphlets are housed within a lovely slipcase, in both the original edition and the reissue. Yet Johnson's writing is worth revisiting for a compelling strangeness impossible to ignore even when bound in more traditional form with such memorable novels as Christie Malry's Own Double Entry (1973), Trawl (1966) and Travelling People (1963). For an entertaining look into the troubles and successes of B.S. Johnson check out Jonathan Coe's wonderful biography Like a Fiery Elephant. 'A writer who inspired some, irritated many and who, above all, provoked debate and controversy' says Eva Figes about Johnson in her review of Coe's biography.