Harry Potter House Eds granchester eleanor oliphant rebus 30th anniversary twitter
Search our site
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett Read the opening extract of the brand new Jenn Bennett book before its publication on 27/07/2017

Bartleby And Co by Enrique Vila-Matas
  

Bartleby And Co

RRP £8.99

Notify me
when in stock

As soon as this book is back in stock we will send you an email.

Synopsis

Bartleby And Co by Enrique Vila-Matas

Marcelo, a clerk in a Barcelona office who might himself have emerged from a novel by Kafka, inhabits a world peopled by characters in literature. He once wrote a novel about the impossibility of love, but since then he has written nothing. He has, in short, become a 'Bartleby', so named after the character in Herman Melville's short story who, when asked to do something, always replied: 'I would prefer not to.' One day Marcelo sets out to make a search through literature for all those other possible Bartlebys, and with this in mind he has the engagingly original notion of keeping a diary and writing footnotes to an invisible text. His references to authors, both real and invented, provide the reader with extravagant doses of humour that are at once hilarious, irreverent and stimulating.

Browse inside this book

Reviews

'Vila-Matas has had the brilliant idea of tracking down literature's slackers- Bartleby and Co proposes a shadowy history of literature' - Alberto Manguel. 'Ingenious...An Excellent book...A work of honesty and profound beauty' - John Burnside, Scotland on Sunday. 'Bartleby and Co is set to become the book of the literary season... An enormously enjoyable and intelligent book, and if I am not mistaken, an important one' - El Pals. 'Told with considerable elegance and an admirable lack of melodrama' - Spectator'


About the Author

Enrique Vila-Matas was born in Barcelona in 1948. His extraordinary literary oeuvre includes Bartlby & Co, Montano and Never Any End to Paris, winner of the same Premio Romulo Gallegos that catapulted his friend Roberto Bolano to international renown. He has been translated into 30 languages.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

7th July 2005

Author

Enrique Vila-Matas

More books by Enrique Vila-Matas
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
192 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099453727

Lovereading are lovely people who send me lovely books. What's not to love?

Gavin Dimmock

I read new, exciting writers and established authors before publication and there is a great website full of brilliant books and opinions.

Lynda

It's information about new books so, for a book lover like me, what's not to like!

Joan Hill

Discover new authors and enjoy old favourites; oodles of literary gems to uncover at Lovereading with candid reviews from real reviewers.

Emily Wright

Lovereading recommends, honestly reviews and promotes books-what more can I say?!

Rachel Bridgeman

Lovereading is an amazing place to be, the website is wonderful and to me if I'm sad I'll go here and it cheers me up!

Sophia Upton

What can I say, the clue is in the title Lovereading - and awesome books.

Sarah Davis

Books of the month/debuts of the month, kids/adults, fiction/non-fiction, free prize draws and free extracts, what's not to love?

Emma Smith

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools