Never Any End to Paris

Never Any End to Paris

Paperback (26 Jul 2011) | English

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Synopsis

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780811218139
Publisher: New Directions
Imprint: New Directions Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 863.64
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 197
Weight: 220g
Height: 203mm
Width: 132mm
Spine width: 15mm