Bartleby & Co.
By (author) Enrique Vila-Matas
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Bartleby & Co. by Enrique Vila-Matas
Book DescriptionMarcelo, a clerk in a Barcelona office who might himself have emerged from a novel by Kafka, inhabits a world peopled by characters in literature. He once wrote a novel about the impossibility of love, but since then he has written nothing. He has, in short, become a 'Bartleby', so named after the character in Herman Melville's short story who, when asked to do something, always replied: 'I would prefer not to.' One day Marcelo sets out to make a search through literature for all those other possible Bartlebys, and with this in mind he has the engagingly original notion of keeping a diary and writing footnotes to an invisible text. His references to authors, both real and invented, provide the reader with extravagant doses of humour that are at once hilarious, irreverent and stimulating.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099453727
(197mm x 129mm x 12mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Enrique Vila-Matas
Vampire in Love, Hardback (November 2016)
Gathered for the first time in English, Vampire in Love offers Spanish master Enrique Vila-Matas's finest short stories. Selected and brilliantly translated by Margaret Jull Costa, they are all told with Vila-Matas's delightful erudition and wit, and his provocative questioning of the interrelation of art and life.
Montano, Paperback (January 2016)
A man's obsession with literature leads him to see the world through the eyes of fiction. Literature can be contagious; it can also be our only means of salvation. This title takes the reader on a journey from European cities such as Nantes, Barcelona, Lisbon, Prague and Budapest to the Azores and the Chilean port of Valparaiso.
Because She Never Asked, Paperback (November 2015)
A novella-half joke and half nightmare- by "Spain's most significant contemporary literary figure" (The New Yorker)
Illogic of Kassel, Paperback (August 2015)» View all books by Enrique Vila-Matas
A puzzling phone call shatters a writer's routine. An enigmatic female voice extends an invitation to take part in Documenta, the legendary contemporary art exhibition held every five years in Kassel, Germany. The writer's mission will be to transform himself into a living art installation.
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Author Biography - Enrique Vila-Matas
Enrique Vila-Matas was born in Barcelona in 1948. His extraordinary literary oeuvre includes Bartlby & Co, Montano and Never Any End to Paris, winner of the same Premio Romulo Gallegos that catapulted his friend Roberto Bolano to international renown. He has been translated into 30 languages.
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