By Enrique Vila-Matas, Anne McLean, Thomas Bunstead
A reader’s fictional travel of the paintings and lives of a few of the nice 20th-century Surrealists
An writer (a model of Vila-Matas himself) offers a brief “history” of a mystery society, the Shandies, who're passionate about the concept that of “portable literature.” The society is completely imagined, yet during this rollicking, intellectually playful publication, its individuals contain writers and artists like Marcel Duchamp, Aleister Crowley, Witold Gombrowicz, Federico García Lorca, guy Ray, and Georgia O’Keefe. The Shandies meet secretly in flats, lodges, and cafes in all places Europe to debate what nice literature fairly is: short, now not too critical, penetrating the depths of the mysterious. We witness the Shandies having adventures in desk bound submarines, underground caverns, African backwaters, and the cultural capitals of Europe.
Read or Download A Brief History of Portable Literature (New Directions Paperbook) PDF
Best world literature books
In Journalism and the improvement of Spanish American Narrative, Aníbal González explores the impression of journalism and journalistic rhetoric at the improvement of Spanish American narrative, from its beginnings within the early 19th century to the testimonial and documentary novels of latest authors similar to Miguel Barnet and Elena Poniatowska.
Si no es facil describir los siete anteriores volumenes de l. a. serie Caballo de Troya , l. a. octava entrega Jordan supera todo lo conceivable. No se esfuerce. Su imaginacion se quedara corta. En Jordan, usted quedara atrapado, y arrastrado por las sorpresas. Nadie, hasta hoy, ha narrado con tanto detenimiento el supuesto bautismo de Jesus de Nazaret.
The world-famous masterpiece through Nobel laureate Thomas Mann -- right here in a brand new translation through Michael Henry Heim released at the eve of global struggle I, a decade after Buddenbrooks had verified Thomas Mann as a literary famous person, loss of life in Venice tells the tale of Gustav von Aschenbach, a profitable yet getting older author who follows his wanderlust to Venice looking for religious achievement that in its place ends up in his erotic doom.
This quantity illuminates the vexed remedy of violence within the German cultural culture among the most important, and appreciably diversified, violent outbreaks: the French Revolution, and the Holocaust and moment global warfare. The contributions undermine the suggestion of violence as an intermittent or random customer within the mind's eye and significant idea of contemporary German tradition.
- Adverse genres in Fernando Pessoa
- The Greenhouse
- Recesses of the Mind: Aesthetics in the Work of Guðbergur Bergsson
- Nikolay Novikov: Enlightener of Russia
- Bertolt Brecht's Furcht und Elend des Dritten Reiches: A German Exile Drama in the Struggle against Fascism (Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture)
Extra info for A Brief History of Portable Literature (New Directions Paperbook)
Therefore, the portable conspiracy—whose principle characteristic was that of conspiring for the sake of conspiring—should be short-lived. Three years after Varèse’s fall and Bely’s breakdown—on the day of the Góngora tribute in Seville in 1927 to be precise—the Satanist Aleister Crowley, with a deliberately histrionic flourish, dissolved the secret society. Many years after Crowley set the Shandy eagle free, I find myself in a position to reveal that the portable society exists beyond the distant horizons of its members’ imagination.
The question didn’t surprise Littbarski, who answered: “He poured champagne over my powers of reason. ” Larbaud, choosing to believe that what he’d just heard was a metaphor, moved on to what he was actually interested in, proposing they organize a party that would bring together in Vienna the secret society’s most incisive members. ” That said, he asked if they might swap suitcases; an enigmatic petition, to which Littbarski said yes. Even Miriam Cendrars found it difficult to explain: “Whenever he spoke to me about the preparations for the party, Larbaud would go quiet at this point.
He keeps the umbrella furled and his pocket watch inside a grey suede protective sleeve, and he also keeps the penknife that he uses as a pencil sharpener stowed in a case; he even seems to have his face sheathed, because he always hides it with the upturned collar of his coat. He wears dark glasses, a wool shirt, stuffs his ears with cotton wool, and when he gets in a car, he orders the driver to put the top up. In a word, this individual displays a constant tendency to create something akin to a casing that isolates him and protects him from all manner of prying eyes.