Category: Literature

Enrique Vila-Matas: Montevideo

The latest addition to my website is Enrique Vila-MatasMontevideo. Our unnamed narrator has written one novel while living in Melilla, turned to drug dealing in Paris and goes back to his writing career in Barcelona before setting off on his travels, particularly to Montevideo, where he explores a hotel, which was the subject of stories by two different Argentinian writers, concerning a hidden door. This leads on to other explorations of doors and their symbolic meaning in life and literature, including one that leads from Paris to Bogotá. However, as we would expect from Vila-Matas, we meet numerous writers, both real and fictitious, with their stories, ideas and oddities and we also learn about ambiguity in both life and literature. Yes it is something of a hodgepodge but, as usual, from Vila-Matas fascinating and learned.

Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky: Клуб убийц букв (The Letter Killers Club)

The latest addition to my website is Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky‘s Клуб убийц букв (The Letter Killers Club). A successful author who has succeeded because he got rid of all his books and was influenced by only what he recalled or imagined the books said has now now formed a club with other authors where the written word is banned and they each tell stories subverting traditional genres, from a deconstruction of Hamlet with multiple Hamlets and Guildenstern split into two characters, to a parody of old German Baron Munchausen style tales. We have a story of three mouths and a character resurrecting a method according to which a text is found and fitted to a piece of music after it has been composed. The book was written in 1926 but Soviet censors refused to allow it to be published. Fortunately those of us who are not Social Realists can enjoy its wit and cleverness.

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