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Never Any End to Paris - Enrique Vila-Matas
Never Any End to Paris
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A splendid ironic portrayal of literary Paris and of a young writer’s struggles by one of Spain’s most eminent authors.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... show more
A splendid ironic portrayal of literary Paris and of a young writer’s struggles by one of Spain’s most eminent authors.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 Marsé, 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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780811218139 (0811218139)
ASIN: 0811218139
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
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Leopard
Leopard rated it
3.5 Never Any End to Paris
París no se acaba nunca is a metafictional irony fest in which nearly every form of irony known to man comes into play and is layered into the narrative. A pitiable narrator having much in common with Vila-Matas, including writing his first novel La asesina ilustrada in Paris, pretends he is givin...
Rwzfs
Rwzfs rated it
Ahh, why did not i come across this book when I stayed in Paris for a month? Truly enjoyable book which starts and nets perfectly, I wish I could give 6, 7, 8 stars to this book. Enrique Vila Matas fictinonilzes himself back in time, when he was writing the Lettered Assasin. I wish there was an Engl...
M Sarki
M Sarki rated it
I was hooked immediately to this book after reading the first hilarious paragraph. The narrator had over-confidently entered the Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest held annually in Key West but he was the only person who thought he actually looked like Hemingway. Because he had a beard and was fat,...
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