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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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The New Republic: Enrique Vila-Matas and Literature's Conceptual Turn

Postmodernism is now a rather unmeaning term, dulled by overuse, and unfit to describe a new group of authors of varying ages and nationalities who are often lumped together under its umbrella: Ben Lerner, Sophie Calle, Teju Cole, Tom McCarthy, Alejandro Zambra, Siri Hustvedt, Michel Houellebecq, Sheila Heti, W.G. 1,929 more words

Literary Criticism

A book review of sorts -

A “Book Review” – complements The Whole Hurly-Burly


By Enrique Vila-Matas

            We are able to “keep up appearances” – some habitual collage of identities – for quite a long time. 533 more words


Snippet: American anthology of Spanish-language fiction

It was put on sale already in September 2014: A Thousand Forests in One Acorn, by Valerie Miles.

Some information by the publisher:

A Thousand Forests in One Acorn: An Anthology of Spanish-Language Fiction… 66 more words