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ISBN-10: 1913505014
ISBN-13: 9781913505011
Publisher: And Other Stories
Publish Date: 08/03/2021
Dimensions: 7.80" L, 5.00" W, 1.70" H

The Luminous Novel

Translator: Annie McDermott

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Price: $19.95

Overview

‘Perhaps the luminous novel is this thing that I started writing today, just now. Maybe these sheets of paper are a warm-up exercise. […] But it’s quite possible that if I go on writing – as I usually do – with no plan, although this time I know very well what I want to say, things will start to take shape, to come together. I can feel the familiar taste of a literary adventure in my throat.
I’ll take that as confirmation, then, and start describing what I think was the beginning of my spiritual awakening – though nobody should expect religious sermons at this point; they’ll come later. It all began with some ruminations prompted by a dog.’

A writer attempts to complete the novel for which he has been awarded a big fat Guggenheim grant, though for a long time he succeeds mainly in procrastinating – getting an electrician to rewire his living room so he can reposition his computer, buying an armchair, or rather, two: ‘In one, you can’t possibly read: it’s uncomfortable and your back ends up crooked and sore. In the other, you can’t possibly relax: the hard backrest means you have to sit up straight and pay attention, which makes it ideal if you want to read.’

Insomniacs, romantics, and anyone who’s ever written (or failed to write) will fall in love with this compelling masterpiece told by a true original, with all his infuriating faults, charming wit, and intriguing musings.

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"The Luminous Novel is Levrero's greatest work, which he wrote by forcing himself to write it, knowing beforehand that what he wanted to write was impossible. That's why, instead of the novel, he narrates the distractions that sidetrack him from the novel. It's not so surprising that the happiest moment in The Luminous Novel is when Mario Levrero manages, finally, to fix Word 2000. Surely, fixing Word 2000 is easier than writing that unfathomable novel that Levrero writes but doesn't write. But to write the luminous novel it is necessary to pass through the dark novel; to make true literature it is crucial to turn to, as he says, fraudulent literature. Novel without a novel; literature without literature."–Alejandro Zambra

"An eccentric, funny, and original novel: philosophical but playful, short but obsessive, ironic but desperate, and theoretical but intimate."–Dana Spiotta

Praise for Empty Words

"Empty Words looks like a novel about handwriting, but really it's a book about the self. It shows the fragile, magical work that can be done by the novel as a form, the networks of meaning that are activated whenever fragments are collected in a collage. Empty Words triumphs in a way that represents the ultimate and total defeat of its narrator. It becomes literature."–Adam Thirlwell, London Review of Books

"An eccentric, funny, and original novel: philosophical but playful, short but obsessive, ironic but desperate, and theoretical but intimate."–Dana Spiotta

"A lighthearted wisdom beats in every sentence of Empty Words, a little masterpiece by Mario Levrero, who is, to me, one of the funniest and most influential writers of recent times. This book might change your life, or at least your handwriting." –Alejandro Zambra

Praise for Mario Levrero

"We are all his children." –Álvaro Enrigue

"Levrero is Kafka's 'everyday' flip side, a shadow of Camus with a comical take." –El País

"Style and imagination like Levrero's are rare in Spanish-language literature." –Antonio Muñoz Molina

"Mario Levrero is a genius." –Enrique Fogwill

"Levrero is an author who challenges the canonical idea of Latin American literature. If you really want to complete the puzzle of our tradition, you must read him." –Granta

"Mario Levrero is the great discovery of the century for Latin American literature." –Revista Ñ

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Details

ISBN-10: 1913505014
ISBN-13: 9781913505011
Publisher: And Other Stories
Publish Date: 08/03/2021
Dimensions: 7.80" L, 5.00" W, 1.70" H
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