Black Village


by Lutz Bassmann

March 15, 2022
novel | pb | 204 pgs
5.5" x 8.5"


"[Black Village] is as perplexing as it is engaging." —Piublishers Weekly


Introduction by Brian W. Wood

Tassili, Goodmann, and Myriam. Two men and a woman dressed in rags--former poets, and former members of a dystopian military service--walk the bardo, the dark afterlife between death and rebirth. The road is monotonous and seemingly endless. To pass the time, they decide to tell each other stories: bizarre anecdotes set in a post-apocalyptic world, replete with mutant creatures, Buddhist monks, and ruthless killers. The result is a mysterious, dreamlike series of events, trapped outside of time as we know it, where all the rules of narrative are upended and remade.

Lutz Bassmann is one of the heteronyms of French author Antoine Volodine. Black Village gives readers of science fiction and experimental literature another exciting look into "post-exoticism," one of the most ambitious and original projects in contemporary literature.

Translated from the French by Jeffrey Zuckerman


About the Author: 

Lutz Bassmann is one of French author Antoine Volodine's numerous heteronyms belonging to a community of imaginary authors that includes Manuela Draeger and Elli Kronauer. Since 2008, Bassmann has authored five books, including We Monks & Soldiers (University of Nebraska). This is his second book to be translated into English.


About the Translator:

Jeffrey Zuckerman is a translator of French and the Digital Coordinator at Music & Literature Magazine. His translations include Ananda Devi's Eve Out of Her RuinsRadiant Terminus by Antoine Volodine, and Jean Genet's The Criminal Child. He has also contributed shorter pieces to FriezeThe New RepublicThe NYRDailyThe Paris Review DailyThe White Review, and VICE. Jeffrey studied English literature and literary translation at Yale University, and has served as a judge for the PEN Translation Prize and the National Translation Award. He is a recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant for his ongoing work on the complete stories of Hervé Guibert.