The Illogic of Kassel

The Illogic of Kassel

First American Paperback edition

Paperback (26 Jun 2015) | English

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A puzzling phone call shatters a writer's routine. An enigmatic female voice extends a dinner invitation, and it soon becomes clear that this is an invitation to take part in the documenta, the legendary exhibition of contemporary art held every five years in Kassel, Germany.  The writer's mission will be to sit down to write every morning in a Chinese restaurant on the outskirts of town, transforming himself into a living art installation. Once in Kassel, the writer is surprised to find himself overcome by good cheer as he strolls through the city, spurred on by the endless supply of energy at the heart of the exhibition. This is his spontaneous, quirky response to art, rising up against pessimism.With humor, profundity, and a sharp eye, Enrique Vila-Matas tells the story of a solitary man, who, roaming the streets amid oddities and wonder, takes it upon himself to translate from a language he does not understand. 

Book information

ISBN: 9780811221498
Publisher: New Directions
Imprint: New Directions Books
Pub date:
Edition: First American Paperback edition
DEWEY: 863.64
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 220
Weight: 666g
Height: 203mm
Width: 135mm
Spine width: 18mm