by Tyler Cowen
on January 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm
I read them a while ago, and both were excellent (and short!):
Enrique Vila-Matas, Bartleby & Co.
Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star.
After loving Dublinesque, I am still waiting for Bartleby & Co to have a Kindle Edition. C’mon New Directions! What’s holding up the process?
From Amazon.com: “A marvelous novel by one of Spain’s most important contemporary authors, in which a clerk in a Barcelona office takes us on a romping tour of world literature. In Bartleby & Co., an enormously enjoyable novel, Enrique Vila-Matas tackles the theme of silence in literature: the writers and non-writers who, like the scrivener Bartleby of the Herman Melville story, in answer to any question or demand, replies: “I would prefer not to.” Addressing such “artists of refusal” as … Marcel Duchamp ”
— Two points need mentioning. First, Bartleby the scrivener was no ordinary scrivener but a patent scrivener. Second, Duchamp was a chess fanatic. Both are marks of an ordered–and perhaps devious–mind.
Bartleby & Co. seems unpleasantly similar to The Book of Disquiet, another Marginal Revolution recommendation which I could not second.
The Hour of the Star is quite a work of art.
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