Booksale is my favorite physical book shop in the Philippines. Specializing in cheap used books (and what seem to me to be surplus books), Booksale has furnished my personal library with a third of all my books for more than a decade now. Here are some of the titles I found there this year.
But first allow me to share something I dug up there a few years back: a 4-volume set of Mao Tse-Tung’s Selected Works but in German! Of course, I didn’t buy the set but it does give you an idea of the kind of gems one occasionally finds there:
Earlier this year I found the following book by one of Bertolt Brecht’s lieutenants at the Berlin Ensemble, Ekkehard Schall. The Craft of Theatre offers discussion on the practical side of acting in Brechtian Theatre side by side with personal impressions and insights on the master himself:
I also got my first Jean Baudrillard title, Simulations, from Booksale. I would never have bought any brand new Baudrillard book not being a big fan of postmodernism, particularly Baudrillard’s hyperbolic strand of it!I have Paul Baran’s Political Economy of Growth, an inheritance from one of my titas. Monopoly Capitalism, a collaborative work by Baran and Paul Sweezy is a welcome addition to my stash of books.
I also found E.P. Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class and the original French version of Raymond Queneau’s Exercises in Style. I’m particularly happy with the latter. I will have to crudely translate along by myself as I go through the text. But reading a work focused on formal and stylistic calisthenics in its original language is better than in translation.
The Long Revolution is my first book by Raymond Williams, the father of Cultural Studies, courtesy of Booksale. Also 2 issues of the great Monthly Review journal which I hitherto only read online.
Here’s a historical account on “capitalist roader” Liu Shao-Chi’s rise and fall during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution by academic Lowel Dittmer (Liu Shao-Chi and the Chinese Cultural Revolution: The Politics of Mass Criticism). That’s Mao Tse-Tung in the picture frame!
I’m not sure about Tony Smith (Technology and Capital in the Age of Lean Production: A Marxian Critique of the “New Economy”) but I thought the title on the right (Black Woman’s Burden: Commodifying Black Reproduction by Nicole Rousseau) looked promising.
A more recent find meanwhile reminds me of my undergraduate thesis, an unfinished research paper on Cebuano rock group Missing Filemon submitted for the sake of complying with all the requirements for graduation. That study could have benefited from my reading following first: Tony Whyton’s Beyond A Love Supreme: John Coltrane and the Legacy of an Album.
Finally I found the following titles a week ago, saving me lots of money given that those Verso Books titles seems to be just like new: Collected Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Cost of Living by Arundhati Roy, The Good Conscience by Carlos Fuentes, Cultural Capital by Robert Hewison, The Art-Architecture Complex by Hal Foster, Proletarian Nights by Jaques Ranciere, and Tehanu by Ursula Le Guin.