Museu do Romance da Eterna
Jorge Luis Borges, the friend and protégé of Macedonio Fernández (1874-1952), once wrote of that his mentor ‘is metaphysics, is literature. Whoever preceded him might shine in history, but they were all rough drafts of Macedonio.’ Despite leaving such a legacy and impression upon Borges, The Museum of Eterna’s Novel (The First Good Novel) started in 1925, was not published until after Macedonio's death. However, this book, far ahead of its time, proved ...more
First and Foremost: Let it here be known that any previous suggestions, recommendations and/or encouragements to procure and read Macedonio’s (he is usually referred to by his first name) perfect novel are hereby rendered null and void, rescinded, and discouraged. This novel is, in fact, one tremendous Mind Fuck. Challenging. Easily set aside. Hard to pick up and resume. Confusing. And yet, it is: exactly what the numerous prologues claim it will be.
Fully half of the novel is comprised of prolo...more
First, a word about the unusual structure and focus of the book. There are more than 50 prologues, and these take up over half of the novel. Some examples:
Prologue that thinks it know ...more
Macedonio Fernández deals in paradoxes so I at once fell for his book…
Writing sixty prefaces, prologues, preambles and prolegomena to his novel Macedonio Fernández literally turned the stream of consciousness into the “tota ...more
Today while dealing once again with the results of my colossal irresponsibility I spent quite a bit of time thinking about what I would say here. I didn't really like the book. I liked some of the prologues, and bits and pieces of the novel, but as a whole the book didn't work for me. I think it's a failure, a very ambitious failure. Just because the book is a failure though doesn't mean that I hated it, or that I feel it ...more
This feat boasts or threatens of sporting 50 prologues, a series of checkpoints, a Gaza of apprehensions, anterior doors leading to further intermediary spaces, an endless qualification and interrogation of the novelistic enterprise, a Sorrentino sortie into narrative madness. . .or maybe it wasn't. Signature bells and whistles remind the reader incessantly -- this is a novel, nothing but. Disquisitions follow on Love a ...more
I have found that in reading and re-reading The Museum of Eterna’s Novel (The First Good Novel) (and re-reading is the only way to read: the novel itself theorize ...more
All the characters are under obligation to dream of being, which is their proper way of being, inaccessible to living people, and the only genuine stuff of Art.I like Macedonio Fernandez for sentences like this. For concepts of fiction and the novel that find accord in me. For a way of thinking about fiction that seems to me incisive and imaginative.
Ever since I’ve been an author I’ve looked on in envy at the audience there is for auto accidents. I sometimes dream that certain passages in the no...more
This is possibly the best blurb ever.
First I wanted to finish this before greg, then I was really hoping that greg would review it before me.
I am not sure if I got the first one, I didn't get the second one.
I finished the last sentence of this book as the subway doors were opening to take me home, this seems mildly important.
I am reasonably sure that whoever found this manuscript forgot t ...more
El lector que no lee mi novela si primero no la sabe toda es mi lector, ése es ...more
I'm responding this way because I'm try ...more
It’s very subtle and patient work, getting quit of the self, disrupting interiors and identities. In all my writing I’ve only achieved eight or ten minutes in which two or three lines disrupted the stability, the unity of someone, even at times, I believe, disrupting the self-sameness of the reader. Nevertheless, I still believe that Literature does not exist, because it hasn’t dedicated itself solely to the Effect of dis-identification, the only thing that would justi ...more
Being mostly reminiscent of Cortázar's style for me, this book has gone through the same path of what I'm enjoying the most lately. Writings that defy the reader's conception of fiction, and that do not leave everything told so one can sleep quietly at night, having understood.
The characters are all allegorically named, from The President (of what? not Argentina!), Eterna, Maybegenius, Sweetheart, the Gentleman Who Doesn't Exist, and the Lover. They might be good standees for metaphysical notions, but they couldn't hold their ow ...more
Come per altri scrittori interessati alla riflessione filosofica e inclini al dispiegamento enciclopedico, si può dire che il progetto di Macedonio fosse la dissoluzione della figura dell'autore.
Padre di tutta la letteratura portena, anarchico e utopico, disegna qui una costellazione di segni metafisici tendente all'infinito, nella quale il lettore, singhiozzante o ininterrotto, viene letto a sua volta mentre ogni finzione nasconde un'altra finzione fino all'ultimo occultamen ...more
The problem, I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess (because apparently Borges idolized Macedonio Fernández, so I find it hard to blame it on the writing itself), is the translation. Clunky, stilted, outdated -- particularly in the actual novel part -- to the point where a ...more
The story, that there is, is quite simple in that ‘The President’ has a group of characters gat ...more
Lo malo es haber pensado
después de haber hecho el mal".
¿Cómo Macedonio Fernández logró con tan pocas páginas dislocar todos los fundamentos de la narrativa? Los prólogos y la novela en sí (si se le puede llamarle así) son pequeños tratados que desbordan certeramente los mecanismos recurrentes de las novelas, bien sea al deslindar al autor del Autor, al reconceptualizar la noción de personaje (tanto nominativamente como en su ejecución t ...more
The resulting novel is playful and it feels half-serious throughout--Macedonio is making a point but having fun doing it. Unfortunately, the text becomes a slog at times. Sometimes it takes the tone of a philosophy text or a dense piece of criticism, but it's deliberately nonsens ...more