I had neglected to blog these

by on January 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm in Books | Permalink

I read them a while ago, and both were excellent (and short!):

Enrique Vila-Matas, Bartleby & Co.

and

Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star.

Jonathan January 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm

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?

Ray Lopez January 11, 2013 at 3:28 pm

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.

Sammler January 11, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Bartleby & Co. seems unpleasantly similar to The Book of Disquiet, another Marginal Revolution recommendation which I could not second.

Dredd January 11, 2013 at 5:55 pm

The Hour of the Star is quite a work of art.

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