Perfect. Beautiful. Wistful. There’s no hint of irony in these words of praise for Bartleby & Co., the first novel by the Spanish writer Enrique Vila-Matas to appear in English.

—Thomas McGonigle, Los Angeles Times

A marvelous novel by one of Spain’s most important contemporary authors, in which a clerk in a Barcelona office takes us on a romping tour of world literature

Bartleby & Co.

Fiction by Enrique Vila-Matas

Translated from the Spanish by Jonathan Dunne

In Bartleby & Co., an enormously enjoyable novel, Enrique Vila-Matas tackles the theme of silence in literature: the writers and non-writers who, like the scrivener Bartleby of the Herman Melville story, in answer to any question or demand, replies: “I would prefer not to.” Addressing such “artists of refusal” as Robert Walser, Robert Musil, Arthur Rimbaud, Marcel Duchamp, Herman Melville, and J. D. Salinger, Bartleby & Co. could be described as a meditation: a walking tour through the annals of literature. Written as a series of footnotes (a non-work itself), Bartleby embarks on such questions as why do we write, why do we exist? The answer lies in the novel itself: told from the point of view of a hermetic hunchback who has no luck with women, and is himself unable to write, Bartleby is utterly engaging, a work of profound and philosophical beauty.

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Paperback (published December 1, 2007)

ISBN
9780811216982
Price US
15.95
Trim Size
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Page Count
178

Clothbound (published December 1, 2007)

ISBN
9780811215916
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Page Count
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Ebook (published December 1, 2007)

ISBN
9780811221535
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Page Count
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Enrique Vila-Matas

Spanish writer

Perfect. Beautiful. Wistful. There’s no hint of irony in these words of praise for Bartleby & Co., the first novel by the Spanish writer Enrique Vila-Matas to appear in English.

—Thomas McGonigle, Los Angeles Times

A writer who has no equal in the contemporary landscape of the Spanish novel.

—Roberto Bolaño