Bartleby & Co

Bartleby & Co

Hardback (20 Dec 2004) | English

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Synopsis

In Bartleby & Co., an enormously enjoyable novel, Enrique Vila-Matas tackles the theme of silence in literature: the writers and non-writers who, like the scrivener Bartleby of the Herman Melville story, in answer to any question or demand, replies: "I would prefer not to." Addressing such "artists of refusal" as Robert Walser, Robert Musil, Arthur Rimbaud, Marcel Duchamp, Herman Melville, and J. D. Salinger, Bartleby & Co. could be described as a meditation: a walking tour through the annals of literature. Written as a series of footnotes (a non-work itself), Bartleby embarks on such questions as why do we write, why do we exist? The answer lies in the novel itself: told from the point of view of a hermetic hunchback who has no luck with women, and is himself unable to write, Bartleby is utterly engaging, a work of profound and philosophical beauty.

Book information

ISBN: 9780811215916
Publisher: New Directions
Imprint: New Directions Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 863.64
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 178
Weight: 370g
Height: 213mm
Width: 144mm
Spine width: 20mm