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The Writing of Subject - The Subject of Writing

The infinite, my dear friend, is no big deal— it’s a matter of writing— the universe exists only on paper.
—Paul Valéry, Monsieur Teste

The obliteration of the external in Valery’s…

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Enrique Vila-Matas: "I would prefer not to!"

Twenty-five years ago, when I was very young, I published a short novel on the impossibility of love. Since then, on account of a trauma that I shall go into later, I had not written again, I stopped altogether, I became a Bartleby, and that is why I have been interested in them for some time. 413 more words


A Brief History of Portable Literature

Enrique Vila-Matas has always been a writer who writes about writers – writers who cannot write (Bartleby & Co); writers who confuse fiction and reality ( 739 more words

Spanish Lit Month

On The Illogic of Kassel

“Didn’t I come to Kassel precisely to seek the aesthetic instant?”

My review of The Illogic of Kassel by Enrique Vila-Matas (translated by Anne McLean and Anna Milsom and published by New Directions) has been published at Words Without Borders. 33 more words


The Funniest Secret Society in (Portable) Literary History

Every secret society has its founding myth, and the “Shandies” were no different. In the winter of 1924, or so the story goes, Russian symbolist Andrei Bely suffered a nervous breakdown on the selfsame “towering rock” where Nietzsche first discovered the concept of “the eternal recurrence of the same.” On that same day, composer Edgar Varèse fell from his horse while parodying French poet… 688 more words


Gifts, Callings, Bad Poetry

Reading on The Gift has slowed since my initial, awe-struck immersion into its exploration of creativity and the necessary, yet particular, sorts of generosity and openness it entails. 457 more words


The Community of the No

After months of intending, yet failing, to get to it, I started Enrique Vila-Matas’ Bartleby & Co. this afternoon. Behold one of the best beginnings of a book I’ve come across in a while: 380 more words

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