A Little Guide to the 15th Arrondissement for the Use of Phantoms
by Roger Caillois

Published 2 March
Preorders will ship on 2 March
Translated from French by Ryan Ruby's.
64 pages
paperback
$4.99
isbn: 978-3-944801-33-9
ebook
$1.99
isbn: 978-3-944801-37-7

City guide meets ghost story

As he strolls the streets of Paris’s Fifteenth Arrondissement, Roger Caillois imagines the phantoms that inhabit the modern metropolis, drawing on everything from science fiction and the detective novel to urban mythology. A playful piece of surrealist flaneurie and psychogeography, A Little Guide is a treasury of Caillois’s diverse interests and an homage to the slice of Paris where he spent the better part of his life.

“Caillois…emphatically investigates hidden meanings and scans the deepest horizons of time into infinity: the world turns into an inexhaustible book written in hieroglyphics.” Maria Warner

The epub is included with the purchase of the paperback.

Roger Caillois was Born in Rheims in 1913. A literary critic, philosopher of science, novelist and sociologist, he is best known for his studies of religion, myth and games. Initially associated with the surrealists, he fell out with André Breton after a disagreement about the nature of the Mexican jumping bean, and went on to found the Collège de Sociologie with fellow excommunicants Michel Leiris and George Bataille. From this fruitful collaboration emerged Myth and Man (1938) and Man and the Sacred (1939) his groundbreaking investigation into the relationship between the sacred and transgression. An outspoken agitator against fascism, Caillois spent the war years in Buenos Aires, where he met the leading lights of the Latin American avant garde. Following his return to France, he joined UNESCO and used his position as the head of the translation program there to introduce the work of Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda, and Octavio Paz to the French reading public. He was elected to the Académie Française in 1971. In 1978, the year of his death, Caillois published his autobiography The River Alpheus, for which he was awarded the Prix Marcel Proust and the Prix européean de l’essai Charles Veillon.

Ryan Ruby's fiction and criticism have appeared in n+1, Conjunctions, Dissent, The Baffler, and elsewhere. He lives in Berlin.