Never Any End to Paris

Enrique Vila-Matas (Author) Anne McLean (Translator)
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Description

This brilliantly ironic novel about literature and writing, in Vila-Matas s trademark witty and erudite style, is told in the form of a lecture delivered by a novelist clearly a version of the author himself. The lecturer tells of his two-year stint living in Marguerite Duras s garret during the seventies, spending time with writers, intellectuals, and eccentrics, and trying to make it as a creator of literature: I went to Paris and was very poor and very unhappy. Encountering such luminaries as Duras, Roland Barthes, Georges Perec, Sergio Pitol, Samuel Beckett, and Juan Marse, our narrator embarks on a novel whose text will kill its readers and put him on a footing with his beloved Hemingway. (Never Any End to Paris takes its title from a refrain in A Moveable Feast.) What emerges is a fabulous portrait of intellectual life in Paris that, with humor and penetrating insight, investigates the role of literature in our lives."

Product Details

Price
$15.95
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
May 24, 2011
Pages
197
Dimensions
5.1 X 0.6 X 7.9 inches | 0.5 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811218139
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About the Author

ENRIQUE VILA-MATAS was born in Barcelona. He has received countless prizes and written numerous award-winning novels, including Bartleby & Co., Montano's Malady, Never Any End to Paris, and Dublinesque
Anne McLean has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize twice, as well as the Premio Valle Incla´n. She has translated the works of Javier Cercas, Julio Cortázar, Carmen Martín Gaite, Ignacio Padilla, and Evelio Rosero.

Reviews

Vila-Matas's touch is light and whimsical, while his allusions encompass a rogue's gallery of world literature.
Mr. Vila-Matas shows that the reasons for (and the consequences of) not writing fiction can, in a funny way, be almost as rich and complicated as fiction itself.
I'm reading Vila-Matas's book like a novel, a very good novel in which the narrator gives us exhaustive information about the protagonist who happens to be himself. I don't know him personally, nor am I planning to meet him, I prefer to read him and let his literature pervade me.--Pedro Almodóvar