A Brief History of Portable Literature

A Brief History of Portable Literature

Book - 2015
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An author (a version of Vila-Matas himself) presents a short history of a secret society, the Shandies, who are obsessed with the concept of "portable literature." The society is entirely imagined, but in this rollicking, intellectually playful book, its members include writers and artists like Marcel Duchamp, Aleister Crowley, Witold Gombrowicz, Federico Garcia Lorca, Man Ray, and Georgia O'Keeffe. The Shandies meet secretly in apartments, hotels, and cafes all over Europe to discuss what great literature really is: brief, not too serious, penetrating the depths of the mysterious. We witness the Shandies having adventures in stationary submarines, underground caverns, African backwaters, and the cultural capitals of Europe.
Publisher: New York : New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2015.
ISBN: 9780811223379
081122337X
Branch Call Number: FIC VILA-MATAS, ENRIQUE
Characteristics: 86 pages ; 21 cm

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Apr 19, 2017

Clearly the author has great talent, but still not easy to enjoy.

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Dec 22, 2016

A little crazy, a little blathering, but fluidly written; numerous writers - perhaps mostly recognizable only to literature lovers (eg., Gombrowicz) - are alluded to, but to no clear end. Nevertheless, an entertaining little book.

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