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Before you read this volume, if you should choose to, read or re-read Bartleby, the Scrivenerunless, of course, you prefer not to. E V-M is one of the landmarks on those roads. Essays, Articles, and Speeches, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Jonathan Dunne Goodreads Author Translator. Written as a series of footnotes a non-work itselfBartleby embarks on such questions as why do we write, why do we exist? The answer lies in the novel itself: Paperbackpages. Published May 23rd by New Directions first published Premi Llibreter de narrativa Nominee To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Dec 30, Brian rated it it was amazing Recommended to Brian by: Take a minute and think about all of the books that you will read in your life. Imagine a large room, books stacked floor to ceiling – everything you’ve read. Now imagine outside of that room all of the books that you will never read – they line the halls, choke the doorway and cascade down the front steps to a sea of tomes that looks endless down the street. As a reader, those books are as good as having never been writ.

You can know of them, but without sampling between the covers you can’t re Take a minute and think about all of the books that you will read in your life. You can know of them, but without sampling between the covers you can’t really know them. Now imagine the Alexandria library. Before Caesar puts the torch to it.

All those books, all that knowledge, those stories. And then it is gone. We can mourn the loss of those books, but what do we really long for? We don’t know what they contained.

We just want to make that loss personal. Like all those books we won’t ever read. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I probably will never read all of Dickens, and to me, they may as well have been in that Alexandrian blaze.

Reading is an adventure in solipsism, a personal quest that we can occasionally run parallel with others, but in the end what we decide to read – and how we receive it – is uniquely our own. If you are with me so far, then maats are in the No, and you are aware that your reading life isn’t just everything you have read, it’s everything you won’t read – whether by conscious decision or by running out of time.


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Some wrote a novel, or two or three, and then stopped writing for a long time, some of bartlfby forever. Others are novelists that never wrote. Is that such a thing? Does an author need a book to become as such? Vila-Matas’s hunchbacked narrator shares with the reader his footnoted Bartlebyan thesis of the No, and when you read this book, you just might come away with re-definitions, new filters.

I know I did.

View all 23 comments. Lo de Vila-Matas es genial. View all 6 comments. Oct 20, Mike Puma rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: View all 30 comments. Feb 08, Nuevamente Vila-Matas mezcla vida y literatura hasta transformarlas, para desgracia de los escritores, en una misma cosa. ,atas tiempo es breve, las ansias crecen, las bartlehy menguan, y con todo esto, llevo la vida sobre el deseo que tengo de vivir.

Jul 04, Paul Bryant rated it it was ok Shelves: According to Enrique Vila-Matas there’s a Literature of the No which doesn’t exist but is still very important.

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Well, there’s also a Reviewer of the No and it’s me, and Ivla say NO to this maundering waffly postmodern excuse. In order to say YES to this book you need to enjoy a many many many references to writers you will never have heard of unless you are a student of second-division European literature.

Do these names show up on your radar? Obscure Hungarian novelists who didn’t write much for thirtyfive years — and might not exist! My pulses were racing. And the point is, as Blanchot says, what he was searching for, the source of all writing, that space where he could write, that light which ought to be circumscribed, in space, demanded of him and confirmed in him dispositions which made him unsuitable for any ordinary literary work or distracted him from the same.

Always harboured the suspicion, which turned into conviction, that there is a series of books which form part of the history of the No, though they may not exist. This book even starts from a good place, because I’m a great fan of Herman Melville’s great story Bartleby.

But the idea of the Literature of the No just falls apart like a badly stitched Frankenstein experiment. These writers who declined to write — most of the time it wasn’t because of some grand philosophical gesture: It was because they took to drink or had a brain injury or discovered sex or went round the twist and were shut up in asylums or disappeared in Mexican water or Guinean jungles or they had a career change and became full time acrobats or chemical plant executives.

Or ran out of inspiration. So, you know, who cares about these mopes? View all 18 comments.


Apr 17, K. Absolutely rated it really liked it Recommended to K. My friend is telling me how innovative is Junot Diaz’s book: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao because it uses too many footnotes and they are all interesting footnotes and even more compaix than the book’s main story. Because it is all footnotes! This is a book of footnotes so there are no chapter numbers or headers but only numbers at the begi My friend is telling me how innovative is Junot Diaz’s book: This is a book of footnotes so there are no chapter numbers or headers but only numbers at the beginning of each sub-story.

Bartleby y compania

Each sub-story is about a writer he claims to be a “Bartleby”. A Bartleby writer is one that has written a brilliant book and then either does not write again or rests for a long long time. A Bartleby can also be a person who everybody knows can write beautifully but, for a reason only known to him or her, chooses not to.

People would ask a Bartleby writer these kind of questions: It covers most of my favorite authors. Thank God I’ve read some of them so I was able to relate to this book. In fact, his footnotes are 2 or 3 and it was towards the end and so I waited and waited and I was, luckily, not disappointed since those footnotes are very moving.

Marguerite Duras is there and she says it all with this line: It is to keep silent. It is to howl noiselessly. Richard Brautigan is there before he shoots himself of course. Juan Rulfo and his Pedro Paramo. Franz Kafka, discussed in length. The book also made me want to read Robert Musil soon.

I would also like to share a passage in this book. This one is the footnote about Schopenhauer Derain: And since most people, instead of reading the best to have come out from different periods, limit themselves to reading the latest noveltieswriters limit themselves to the current narrow circle of ideas, and the public sink ever deeper into their own mire. Bottomline, a very innovative approach in storytelling.

A must read if you like style in what you read. Interesting stories about your favorite literary authors too. Just make sure that you know some of those obscure Latin American ones because they tend to be unfamiliar to me since I do not know their language.

Thank God for the translators. View all 17 comments. Ho appena attribuito 5 stelle a un libro che, praticamente, mi confina nel ruolo della cretina integrale. Se ne deduce che dev’essere proprio vero. Appena mi passa la “ridarella”, metto assieme un commento meno cretino.