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- DescriptionIn Bartleby & Co., an ermously enjoyable vel, Enrique Vila-Matas tackles the theme of silence in literature: the writers and n-writers who, like the scrivener Bartleby of the Herman Melville story, in answer to any question or demand, replies: I would prefer t to. Addressing such artists of refusal as Robert Walser, Robert Musil, Arthur Rimbaud, Marcel Duchamp, Herman Melville, and J. D. Salinger, Bartleby & Co. could be described as a meditation: a walking tour through the annals of literature. Written as a series of foottes (a n-work itself), Bartleby embarks on such questions as why do we write, why do we exist? The answer lies in the vel itself: told from the point of view of a hermetic hunchback who has luck with women, and is himself unable to write, Bartleby is utterly engaging, a work of profound and philosophical beauty.
- Author BiographyEnrique Vila-Matas was born in Barcelona in 1948. His novels have been translated into eleven languages and honored by many prestigious literary awards including the Prix Medicis Etranger. Author of Bartleby & Co., Montano's Malady, and Never Any End to Paris, he has received Europe's most prestigious awards and been translated into twenty-seven languages. Jonathan Dunne was born in Kingston-upon-Thames, England, in 1968 and studied Classics at Oxford University. He is director of the publishing house Small Stations Press. He translates from Bulgarian, Catalan, Galician and Spanish into English.
- Author(s)Enrique Vila-Matas
- PublisherNew Directions Publishing Corporation
- Date of Publication20/12/2004
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNew Directions Publishing Corporation
- Weight370 g
- Width145 mm
- Height213 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Translated byJonathan Dunne
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