Never Any End to Paris
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."
- Paperback | 208 pages
- 129.54 x 200.66 x 17.78mm | 839.14g
- 26 Jul 2011
- New Directions Publishing Corporation
- New York, United States
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 Almodovar