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ISBN-10: 0872868931
ISBN-13: 9780872868939
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 03/07/2023
Dimensions: 0.00" L, 0.00" W, 0.00" H

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Stay This Day and Night with Me

Translator: Mark Schafer

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Price: $16.95 $11.87

Overview

This is the story of Olga, a retired mathematician, and Mateo, a college student passionate about robotics, and their plot to influence Google.

After a chance encounter at the public library, two new friends begin to meet up regularly. Together they decide to submit an extremely unorthodox application to Google’s Singularity University, framed as a direct appeal to the seemingly all-powerful corporation. Ideas and counterarguments open into personal stories as they debate the possibility of free will, the existence of merit, and the role of synthetic humans.

As Olga and Mateo craft their confrontation with Google, they ask the most basic and important of questions: What does it mean to be human in a world driven by data and surveillance? Is there still space for empathy and caring? What could we be, what could we build, right now, if we used our resources in different ways? Tension grows as their relationship becomes strained due to ideological differences, and as Olga confronts a terminal illness, Mateo begins to plan an attack on Google.

Author Belén Gopegui has been compared to Cervantes, Nabokov, and Borges. Here, she offers a literary equivalent of My Dinner with Andre, creating a hermetic, compelling world within an impassioned conversation that opens into a rich examination of the rights, roles, and obligations of humans in a world made by algorithms.

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Reviews

Praise for The Scale of Maps by Belén Gopegui and translated by Mark Schafer:


"The Scale of Maps is a rapturous and dazzling achievement, and I, for one, am waiting impatiently for the opportunity to read more of Gopegui."–John Yargo, The Rumpus


"A geographer falls irredeemably in love with a flighty mapmaker in this graceful, peculiar Spanish tale . . . beautifully composed and elegantly translated." –Publishers Weekly


"Map scales are about relationships. So is The Scale of Maps, a poignant, provocative, profound and passionate book by respected Spanish writer Belén Gopegui." –The Kansas City Star


"'Gopegui's first novel, The Scale of Maps, is a story about a magic trick that Prim never quite masters, an ambitious disappearing act that ends in irredeemable failure. . . . Mark Schafer's agile translation gives Prim the fitting voice of a polished academic who has lost his bearings." –Words without Borders


"It's an ambitious novel, to be sure, made beautiful by Gopegui's liquid prose, and made accessible by her ultimate refusal to answer her own questions." –Janet Potter, Bookslut


"What is astonishing about this novel is the originality of its narrative strategies in harmony with the rhythm of its prose."–Carmen Martin Gaite, author of The Back Room


Praise for Belén Gopegui:


"Gopegui is one of our most outstanding young names [in Spanish literature]."El Pais


"Belén Gopegui makes consummate use of the novel as an instrument of political inquiry, reflection and interpellation, in the broadest sense."–Ignacio Echevarría


"Belén Gopegui is my bunker."–María Unanue, Pikara Magazine


"To break the barriers between the individual and the collective, the private and the public. That's one of the narrative projects pursued by Belén Gopegui."–Rafael Conte

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Details

ISBN-10: 0872868931
ISBN-13: 9780872868939
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 03/07/2023
Dimensions: 0.00" L, 0.00" W, 0.00" H
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