A Brief History of Portable Literature

A Brief History of Portable Literature

First American paperback edition

Paperback (12 Jun 2015) | English

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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 Garcìa 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. 

Book information

ISBN: 9780811223379
Publisher: New Directions
Imprint: New Directions Books
Pub date:
Edition: First American paperback edition
DEWEY: 741.5973
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 86
Weight: 112g
Height: 203mm
Width: 132mm
Spine width: 8mm