A Brief History of Portable Literature
An author (a version of Vila-Matas himself) presents a short "history" of a secret society, the Shandies, who are obsessed with the concept of "portable literature." The society is entirely imagined, but in this rollicking, intellectually playful book, its members include writers and artists like Marcel Duchamp, Aleister Crowley, Witold Gombrowicz, Federico García Lorca, Man Ray, and Georgia O'Keefe. The Shandies meet secretly in apartments, hotels, and cafes all over Europe to discuss what great literature really is: brief, not too serious, penetrating the depths of the mysterious. We witness the Shandies having adventures in stationary submarines, underground caverns, African backwaters, and the cultural capitals of Europe.
- Paperback | 128 pages
- 132 x 203 x 8mm | 110g
- 12 Jun 2015
- New Directions Publishing Corporation
- New York, United States
Vila-Matas's touch is light and whimsical, while his allusions encompass a rogue's gallery of world literature.