A Brief History of Portable Literature

A reader’s fictional tour of the art and lives of some of the great 20th-century Surrealists An author (a version of Vila-Matas himself) presents a short “history” of a secret society, the Shandies, who are obsessed with the concept ...

Author: Enrique Vila-Matas

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811223386

Category: Fiction

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A reader’s fictional tour of the art and lives of some of the great 20th-century Surrealists 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 García Lorca, Man Ray, and Georgia O’Keefe. 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.
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Because She Never Asked New Directions Pearls

His other New Directions books include Bartleby & Co., Montano's Malady, Dublinesque, The Illogic of Kassel, and A Brief History of Portable Literature. He is a Knight of the Legion of Honor from France and has won many prizes, ...

Author: Enrique Vila-Matas

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811225700

Category: Fiction

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A novella—half joke and half nightmare— by "Spain's most significant contemporary literary figure" (The New Yorker) Because She Never Asked is a story reminiscent of that reached by the travelers in Patricia Highsmith's Stranger on a Train. The author first writes a piece for the artist Sophie Calle to live out: a young, aspiring, French artist travels to Lisbon and the Azores in pursuit of an older artist whose work she’s in love with. The second part of the story tells what happens between the author and Calle. She eludes, him; he becomes blocked, and suffers physical collapse. “Something strange happened along the way,” Vila-Matas wrote. “Normally, writers try to pass a work of fiction off as being real. But in Because She Never Asked, the opposite occurred: in order to give meaning to the story of my life, I found that I needed to present it as fiction.”
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The Last Abolition

... had an initial print run of 1,000 copies.44 PoRTABLE ACTiviSM In Enrique Vila-Matas' Historia abreviada de la literatura portátil (A Brief History of Portable Literature), the type of literary production stipulated in the title ...

Author: Angela Alonso

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108421133

Category: History

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This new interpretation of the Brazilian anti-slavery narrative, placing Brazil within the global network of nineteenth-century abolitionist activism, uncovers the broad history of Brazilian anti-slavery activists and the trajectory of their work. The Last Abolition is a major contribution to scholarship on the ending of slavery in Brazil.
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God is Round

ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND TRANSLATOR JUAN VILLORO's journalistic and literary work has been recognized with such international prizes ... and A Brief History of Portable Literature by Enrique Vila-Matas (a co-translation with Anne McLean).

Author: Juan Villoro

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781632060587

Category: Sports & Recreation

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What was the greatest goal of all time? Why do the Hungarians have a more philosophical sense of defeat than the Mexicans? Do the dead play soccer? On a planet where FIFA has more members than the United Nations, Juan Villoro's examination of soccer and its 3.5 billion-person fandom has stakes beyond those of such playful questions. Soccer is more than just a game; it is a catalyst for panglobal unity and even, Villoro suggests, the "recovery of childhood."
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Bookshops

As a mature man, the author of A Brief History of Portable Literature revises his initiatory experience in Paris, in the Paris of his personal myths, like Hemingway, Guy Debord, Duras or Raymond Roussel, where everything evokes a ...

Author: Jorge Carrión

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780857054456

Category: Travel

Page: 240

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"A lot of people will be interested in the famous bookshops of the world: Jorge Carrión has gone and visited them all. We can't travel right now, but we can travel in books." MARGARET ATWOOD Why do bookshops matter? How do they filter our ideas and literature? In this inventive and highly entertaining extended essay, Jorge Carrion takes his reader on a journey around the world, via its bookshops. His travels take him to Shakespeare & Co in Paris, Wells in Winchester, Green Apple Books in San Francisco, Librairie des Colonnes in Tangier, the Strand Book Store in New York and provoke encounters with thinkers, poets, dreamers, revolutionaries and readers. Bookshops is the travelogue of a lucid and curious observer, filled with anecdotes and stories from the universe of writing, publishing and selling books. A bookshop in Carrion's eyes never just a place for material transaction; it is a meeting place for people and their ideas, a setting for world changing encounters, a space that can transform lives. Written in the midst of a worldwide recession, Bookshops examines the role of these spaces in today's evershifting climate of globalisation, vanishing high streets, e-readers and Amazon. But far from taking a pessimistic view of the future of the physical bookshop, Carrion makes a compelling case for hope, underlining the importance of these places and the magic that can happen there. A vital manifesto for the future of the traditional bookshop, and a delight for all who love them. Translated from the Spanish by Peter Bush
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Mac and His Problem

... in English translation Bartleby & Co. Montano Dublinesque Never Any End to Paris A Brief History of Portable Literature Because She Never Asked The Illogic of Kassel Vampire in Love For Paula de Parma I remember that I almost always.

Author: Enrique Vila-Matas

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781473554054

Category: Fiction

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LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE Enrique Vila-Matas's new novel is perhaps his greatest: 'playful and funny and among the best Spanish novelists' Colm Tóibín Sixty-something Mac is not writing a novel. He is writing a diary, which no one will ever read. His wife, Carmen, thinks he is wasting his time. But Mac persists, diligently recording his daily walks through the neighbourhood during the hottest summer Barcelona has seen in over a century. But soon he notices that life is exhibiting strange literary overtones, and in the sweltering heat, he becomes ever more immersed in literature - a literature haunted by death but alive with the sheer pleasure of writing. Intricate, erudite and practically fizzing on the page, Mac and His Problem is a masterpiece of metafiction and a testament to the power and playfulness of great literature. 'So deeply comical on the one hand, and so deeply poignant on the other, that you just have to give yourself up to it because you're in the hands of a master' Paul Auster '[Vila-Matas] chooses humour in a way that allows him to have big ideas while relentlessly making fun of them' Sunday Telegraph
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Vampire in Love

Because She Never Asked A Brief History of Portable Literature Dublinesque The Illogic of Kassel Montano's Malady Never Any End to Paris CONTENTS A Permanent Home Sea Swell Torre del Mirador I.

Author: Enrique Vila-Matas

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811223478

Category: Fiction

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“Arguably Spain’s most significant contemporary literary figure” (Joanna Kavenna, The New Yorker) Gathered for the first time in English, and spanning his entire career, Vampire in Love offers a selection of the Spanish master Enrique Vila-Matas’s finest short stories. An effeminate, hunchbacked barber on the verge of death falls in love with a choirboy. A fledgling writer on barbiturates visits Marguerite Duras’s Paris apartment and watches his dinner companion slip into the abyss. An unsuspecting man receives a mysterious phone call from a lonely ophthalmologist, visits his abandoned villa, and is privy to a secret. The stories in Vampire in Love, selected and brilliantly translated by the renowned translator Margaret Jull Costa, are all told with Vila-Matas’s signature erudition and wit and his provocative questioning of the interrelation of art and life.
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Enrique Vila-Matas Bartleby & Co.; Montano's Malady; Never Any End to Paris; Dublinesque; A Brief History of Portable Literature; The Illogic of Kassel; Because She Never Asked; Vampire in Love Binyavanga Wainaina One Day I Will Write ...

Author: Beowulf Sheehan

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780316515139

Category: Photography

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A beautiful and moving collection of photographs by Beowulf Sheehan, whose work captures the essence of 200 of our most prominent writers, historians, journalists, playwrights, and poets. Beowulf Sheehan is considered to be his generation's foremost literary portrait photographer, having made portraits of the literary luminaries of our time across the globe, from Roxane Gay to Masha Gessen, Patti Smith to Zadie Smith, Karl Ove Knausgaard to J.K. Rowling, and Jonathan Franzen to Toni Morrison. In Authors Sheehan presents the most insightful, intimate, and revealing portraits of these artists made in his studio, in their homes, in shopping malls and concert halls, on rooftops and in parking lots, on the beach and among trees, surrounded by flowers and in clock towers. Following an enlightening foreword by Salman Rushdie, Beowulf Sheehan shares an essay offering insights in the poignant and memorable moments he experienced while making these portraits. A treasure gift for readers and lovers of portrait photography, Authors is the only book of its kind to appear in more than a decade.
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The Illogic of Kassel

A L S O B Y E N RI QUE VIL A M A T A S from New Directions Bartleby & Co. A Brief History of Portable Literature Dublinesque Montano's Malady Never Any End to Paris Enrique Vila-Matas The Illogic of Kassel Translated from the Spanish.

Author: Enrique Vila-Matas

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811224369

Category: Fiction

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A literary look at one of Europe’s most acclaimed art exhibitions by a Spanish author “offering strange cerebral satisfactions” (Village Voice). 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.
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Mac s Problem

Because She Never Asked A Brief History of Portable Literature Dublinesque The Illogic of Kassel Montano's Malady Never Any End to Paris Vampire in Love Enrique Vila-Matas Mac's Problem Translated from the Spanish by Margaret.

Author: Enrique Vila-Matas

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811227339

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Enrique Vila-Matas’s new novel is perhaps his greatest: “playful and funny and among the best Spanish novelists” (Colm Tóibín) Mac is currently unemployed and lives on his wife’s earnings from her furniture restoration business. An avid reader, he decides at the age of sixty to keep a diary. Mac’s wife, Carmen, a dyslexic born of dyslexic parents, thinks he is simply wasting his time and risking sliding further into depression—but Mac persists, and is determined that this diary will not turn into a novel. However, one day, he has a chance encounter with a near neighbor, a highly successful author who once wrote a collection of enigmatic, willfully obscure stories. Mac decides that, while he will not write his own stories, he will read, revise, and improve his neighbor’s, which are mostly narrated by a ventriloquist who has lost the ability to speak in different voices. As Mac embarks on this task, he finds that the stories have a strange way of imitating life. Or is life imitating the stories? As the novel progresses, Mac becomes stranger and more adrift from reality, and both he and we become ever more immersed in literature: a literature haunted by death, but alive with the sheer pleasure of writing.
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Lost Children Archive

Twenty Sculptures by Isamu Noguchi from Japan, Isamu Noguchi, Thomas Messer, and Bonnie Rychlak Radio Benjamin, Walter Benjamin Journal des faux-monnayeurs, André Gide A Brief History of Portable Literature, Enrique Vila-Matas Perpetual ...

Author: Valeria Luiselli

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780525520627

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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WINNER OF THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION WINNER OF THE FOLIO PRIZE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST FINALIST FOR THE KIRKUS PRIZE FOR FICTION LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE LONGLISTED FOR THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year A Best Book of 2019: Entertainment Weekly; TIME; NPR; O, The Oprah Magazine; The Washington Post; GQ; The Guardian; Chicago Tribune; Dallas Morning News; and the New York Public Library “The novel truly becomes novel again in Luiselli’s hands—electric, elastic, alluring, new.” --Parul Sehgal, The New York Times A fiercely imaginative new novel about a family whose road trip across America collides with an immigration crisis at the southwestern border--an indelible journey told with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity. A mother and father set out with their two children, a boy and a girl, driving from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. Their destination: Apacheria, the place the Apaches once called home. Why Apaches? asks the ten-year-old son. Because they were the last of something, answers his father. In their car, they play games and sing along to music. But on the radio, there is news about an "immigration crisis": thousands of kids trying to cross the southwestern border into the United States, but getting detained--or lost in the desert along the way. As the family drives--through Virginia to Tennessee, across Oklahoma and Texas--we sense they are on the brink of a crisis of their own. A fissure is growing between the parents, one the children can almost feel beneath their feet. They are led, inexorably, to a grand, harrowing adventure--both in the desert landscape and within the chambers of their own imaginations. Told through several compelling voices, blending texts, sounds, and images, Lost Children Archive is an astonishing feat of literary virtuosity. It is a richly engaging story of how we document our experiences, and how we remember the things that matter to us the most. With urgency and empathy, it takes us deep into the lives of one remarkable family as it probes the nature of justice and equality today.
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The Secret of Vesalius

Gothic and gripping, this historical thriller makes of Barcelona a diabolical character - emerging out of the dark into a new electrical age, aflame with spirit, superstition and science.

Author: Jordi Llobregat

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781784293031

Category: Fiction

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Frankenstein meets The Shadow of the Wind in a Gothic thriller set in the diabolical city of fin-de-siecle Barcelona. Daniel Amat has left Spain and all that happened there behind him. Having just achieved a brilliant role in Ancient Languages at Oxford University and an even more advantageous engagement, the arrival of a letter - a demand - stamped Barcelona comes like a cold hand from behind. He arrives back in that old, labyrinthine and near-mythic city a few days before the great 1888 World Fair, amid dread whispers of murders - the injuries reminiscent of an ancient curse, and bearing signs of the genius 16th century anatomist, Vesalius. Daniel is soon pulled into the depths of the crime, and eventually into the tunnels below Barcelona, where his own dark past and the future of science are joined in a terrible venture - to bring the secret of Vesalius to life. Gothic and gripping, this historical thriller makes of Barcelona a diabolical character - emerging out of the dark into a new electrical age, aflame with spirit, superstition and science. Published in eighteen countries, Jordi Llobregat's bestselling first novel mixes a passionate setting and cryptic mystery into a genre-crossing phenomenon.
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A Brief History of American Literature

Although highly regarded, by other writers in particular, he was frequently in financial trouble. The restoration of Faulkner's reputation, and his financial health, began with the publication of The Portable Faulkner in 1946; ...

Author: Richard Gray

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444392468

Category: Literary Criticism

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A Brief History of American Literature offers students and general readers a concise and up-to-date history of the full range of American writing from its origins until the present day. Represents the only up-to-date concise history of American literature Covers fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction, as well as looking at other forms of literature including folktales, spirituals, the detective story, the thriller and science fiction Considers how our understanding of American literature has changed over the past twenty years Offers students an abridged version of History of American Literature, a book widely considered the standard survey text Provides an invaluable introduction to the subject for students of American literature, American studies and all those interested in the literature and culture of the United States
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Dictionary of the Literature of the Iberian Peninsula

A regular collaborator of La Vanguardia in its literary and cultural section , Vila - Matas is also an editor of ... Historia abreviada de la literatura portátil ( 1985 ; Short History of Portable Literature ) presents the secret ...

Author: Germán Bleiberg

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313287325

Category: Literary Criticism

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Compiled by more than 90 experts, this two-volume dictionary includes representatives from all major peninsular literatures: Catalan, Galician, Portuguese and Spanish. The rich history of the literary achievements in the Iberian Peninula--from historial to dramatic--can now be enjoyed by both European and American researchers. Spanning centuries, all literary titles have been followed in the text with a published translation or a literal rendering of the original. Virtually all entries have been composed by noted scholars and are complemented wherever possible by bibliographies of primary texts and selected critical studies as well as existing English translations of primary texts.
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Brief History of English and American Literature

He struck the average intelligence, the common sense of English readers, and furnished it with neat, portable formulas, so that it no longer needed to “vent its observation in mangled terms,” but could pour itself out compactly, ...

Author: Henry A. Beers

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783752368130

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

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Reproduction of the original: Brief History of English and American Literature by Henry A. Beers
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Nocturama

H.U.O. What we still haven't mentioned is the superb Historia abreviada de la literatura portátil ( A Brief History of Portable Literature ) , 26 something we have discussed a lot in connection with the idea of the portable museum .

Author: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105210621541

Category: Photography, Artistic

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Hans Ulrich Obrist and Dominique Gonzalez Foerster the Conversation Series

Hans Ulrich Obrist What we still haven't discussed is the superb Historia abreviada de la literatura portátil ( A Brief History of Portable Literature ] , " something closely related to the idea of the portable museum .

Author: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

Publisher: Walther Konig

ISBN: UOM:39015078807016

Category: Architecture

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Conversations with Marta Pan and André Wogenscky, Nicolas Ghesquière, Edgardo Cozarinsky, and Enrique Vila-Matas.
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The Routledge Concise History of Nineteenth Century Literature

In a similar manner, other historians have argued for a widening of our concept of theatrical culture to include performances which took place outside conventional theatre buildings, such as portable or booth theatres set up on an ad ...

Author: Josephine Guy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136884450

Category: Literary Criticism

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Nineteenth-century Britain saw the rise of secularism, the development of a modern capitalist economy, multi-party democracy, and an explosive growth in technological, scientific and medical knowledge. It also witnessed the emergence of a mass literary culture which changed permanently the relationships between writers, readers and publishers. Focusing on the work of British and Irish authors, The Routledge Concise History of Nineteenth-Century Literature: considers changes in literary forms, styles and genres, as well as in critical discourses examines literary movements such as Romanticism, Pre-Raphaelitism, Aestheticism and Decadence considers the work of a wide range of canonical and non-canonical writers discusses the impact of gender studies, queer theory, postcolonialism and book history contains useful, student-friendly features such as explanatory text boxes, chapter summaries, a detailed glossary and suggestions for further reading. In their lucid and accessible manner, Josephine M. Guy and Ian Small provide readers with an understanding of the complexity and variety of nineteenth-century literary culture, as well as the historical conditions which produced it.
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A Brief History of the Samurai

The two warlords, both admirers of classical literature, gleefully referred to themselves as the 'dragon' and the ... suffered dearly from its use in the Mongol invasion – but the concept of a portable, light arquebus that could be ...

Author: Jonathan Clements

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781472107725

Category: History

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'Clements has a knack for writing suspenseful sure-footed conflict scenes: His recounting of the Korean invasion led by samurai and daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi reads like a thriller. If you're looking for a samurai primer, Clements' guide will keep you on the hook' Japan Times, reviewed as part of an Essential Reading for Japanophiles series From a leading expert in Japanese history, this is one of the first full histories of the art and culture of the Samurai warrior. The Samurai emerged as a warrior caste in Medieval Japan and would have a powerful influence on the history and culture of the country from the next 500 years. Clements also looks at the Samurai wars that tore Japan apart in the 17th and 18th centuries and how the caste was finally demolished in the advent of the mechanized world.
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God is Round

With the nation’s hopes for the World Cup spiraling into doubt and chaos, Juan Villoro, one of Mexico’s most decorated and esteemed writers — who also happens to be a leading soccer analyst—comes charging down the metaphorical field ...

Author: Juan Villoro

Publisher: Restless Books

ISBN: 9781632060778

Category: Sports & Recreation

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A brilliant, kaleidoscopic exploration of soccer—and the passion, hopes, rivalries, superstitions, and global solidarity it inspires—from award-winning author and Mexico’s leading sports journalist, Juan Villoro. On a planet where FIFA has more members than the United Nations and the World Cup is watched by more than three billion people, football is more than just a game. As revered author Juan Villoro argues in this passionate and compulsively readable tribute to the world’s favorite sport, football may be the most effective catalyst for panglobal unity at the time when we need it most. (Following global consensus, Villoro uses “football” rather than “soccer” in the book.) What was the greatest goal of all time? Why do the Hungarians have a more philosophical sense of defeat than the Mexicans? Do the dead play football? In essays ranging from incisive and irreverent portraits of Maradona, Messi, Ronaldo, Pelé, Zidane, and many more giants of the game to entertaining explorations of left-footedness and the number 10, Juan Villoro dissects the pleasure and pain of football fandom. God Is Round is a book for both fanatics and neophytes who long to feel the delirium of the faithful. Praise for God is Round “If you want to talk about soccer, go talk to Juan Villoro.” —Carlos Fuentes “In trying times like these, when the anguish and uncertainty can be almost too much to bear, Mexico turns to him, its philosopher-fanatic, to make sense of the seemingly nonsensical. With the nation’s hopes for the World Cup spiraling into doubt and chaos, Juan Villoro, one of Mexico’s most decorated and esteemed writers — who also happens to be a leading soccer analyst—comes charging down the metaphorical field to scold, explain and extract the lessons within.” —The New York Times “The literature of Juan Villoro…is opening up the path of the new Spanish novel of the millennium.” —Roberto Bolaño “[Villoro] has assumed the Octavio Paz mantle of Mexican public wise man of letters (though with none of Paz’s solemnity, for Villoro is as boyishly effusive, brimming with laughter and cleverness, as Paz was paternalistically dour—and, of course, Villoro, the author of the book God Is Round, may be the most fútbol-obsessed man alive)” —Francisco Goldman, The New Yorker Juan Villoro is Mexico’s most prolific, prize-winning author, playwright, journalist, and screenwriter. His books have been translated into multiple languages; he has received the Herralde Award in Spain for his novel El testigo, the Antonin Artaud award in France for Los culpables. His novel, Arrecife, was recently short-listed for the Rezzori Prize in Italy. Villoro lives in Mexico City and is a visiting lecturer at Yale and Princeton universities. Thomas Bunstead's translations from the Spanish include work by Eduardo Halfon and Yuri Herrera, Aixa de la Cruz's story “True Milk” in Best of European Fiction, and the forthcoming A Brief History of Portable Literature by Enrique Vila-Matas (a co-translation with Anne McLean). A guest editor of a Words Without Borders feature on Mexico (March 2015), Thomas has also published his own writing in the Times Literary Supplement, The Independent, the Paris Review blog, 3ammagazine, Days of Roses, readysteadybook, and >kill author.
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