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Bartleby and Co.

Bartleby and Co.

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By (author) Enrique Vila-Matas

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  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 198mm x 15mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 23 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0811216985
  • ISBN 13: 9780811216982
  • Sales rank: 222,954

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In Bartleby & Co., an enormously enjoyable novel, Enrique Vila-Matas tackles the theme of silence in literature: the writers and non-writers who, like the scrivener Bartleby of the Herman Melville story, in answer to any question or demand, replies: "I would prefer not to." Addressing such "artists of refusal" as Robert Walser, Robert Musil, Arthur Rimbaud, Marcel Duchamp, Herman Melville, and J. D. Salinger, Bartleby & Co. could be described as a meditation: a walking tour through the annals of literature. Written as a series of footnotes (a non-work itself), Bartleby embarks on such questions as why do we write, why do we exist? The answer lies in the novel itself: told from the point of view of a hermetic hunchback who has no luck with women, and is himself unable to write, Bartleby is utterly engaging, a work of profound and philosophical beauty.

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