Never Any End to Paris

Never Any End to Paris

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By (author) Enrique Vila-Matas, Translated by Anne McLean

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  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 18mm | 839g
  • Publication date: 26 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0811218139
  • ISBN 13: 9780811218139
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 109,792

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This brilliantly ironic novel about literature and writing, in Vila-Matas s trademark witty and erudite style, is told in the form of a lecture delivered by a novelist clearly a version of the author himself. The lecturer tells of his two-year stint living 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 luminaries as Duras, Roland Barthes, Georges Perec, Sergio Pitol, Samuel Beckett, and Juan Marse, our narrator embarks on a novel whose text will kill its readers and put him on a footing with his beloved Hemingway. (Never Any End to Paris takes its title from a refrain in A Moveable Feast.) What emerges is a fabulous portrait of intellectual life in Paris that, with humor and penetrating insight, investigates the role of literature in our lives."

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I m reading Vila-Matas 's book like a novel, a very good novel in which the narrator gives us exhaustive information about the protagonist who happens to be himself. I don t know him personally, nor am I planning to meet him, I prefer to read him and let his literature pervade me. --Pedro Almod var