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    DescriptionMarcelo, a clerk in a Barcelona office who might himself have emerged from a novel by Kafka, inhabits a world peopled by characters in literature. He once wrote a novel about the impossibility of love, but since then he has written nothing. He has, in short, become a 'Bartleby', so named after the character in Herman Melville's short story who, when asked to do something, always replied: 'I would prefer not to.' One day Marcelo sets out to make a search through literature for all those other possible Bartlebys, and with this in mind he has the engagingly original notion of keeping a diary and writing footnotes to an invisible text. His references to authors, both real and invented, provide the reader with extravagant doses of humour that are at once hilarious, irreverent and stimulating.


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    Title
    Bartleby & Co.
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Enrique Vila-Matas
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 200 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 140 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099453727
    ISBN 10: 009945372X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    DC22: 863.64
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    Thema V1.0: FB
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    07 July 2005
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Enrique Vila-Matas was born in Barcelona in 1948. His extraordinary literary oeuvre includes Bartlby & Co, Montano and Never Any End to Paris, winner of the same Premio Romulo Gallegos that catapulted his friend Roberto Bolano to international renown. He has been translated into 30 languages.
    Review quote
    " 'Vila-Matas has had the brilliant idea of tracking down literature's slackers- Bartleby and Co proposes a shadowy history of literature' - Alberto Manguel. 'Ingenious...An Excellent book...A work of honesty and profound beauty' - John Burnside, Scotland on Sunday. 'Bartleby and Co is set to become the book of the literary season... An enormously enjoyable and intelligent book, and if I am not mistaken, an important one' - El Pals. 'Told with considerable elegance and an admirable lack of melodrama' - Spectator"