Never Any End to Paris
Enrique Vila-matas, Anne Mclean
Paperback $21.00 - New Directions Publishing Corporation
Fiction - Published: 26/Jul/2011 - ISBN: 9780811218139
This brilliantly ironic novel about literature and writing, in Vila-Matas s trademarkwitty and erudite style, is told in the form of a lecture delivered by a novelistclearly a version of the author himself. The lecturer tells of his two-year stintliving 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 luminariesas Duras, Roland Barthes, Georges Perec, Sergio Pitol, Samuel Beckett, and Juan Marse, our narrator embarks on a novel whose text will kill itsreaders and put him on a footing with his beloved Hemingway. (Never Any Endto Paris takes its title from a refrain in A Moveable Feast.) What emerges is afabulous portrait of intellectual life in Paris that, with humor and penetrating insight, investigates the role of literature in our lives.
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