I have a narrative. But you will be put to it to find it.
Markson’s short work of experimental fiction weaves together strings of historical facts (Frederick Delius was paralyzed and blinded by syphilis.), quotations (Pouring out liquor is like burning books. Said Faulkner.) and endless references to the horrors of humanity and human suffering (Two of Thomas Mann’s sons committed suicide. As did two of Marx’s daughters.), with the patches of a novel the Reader is trying to write.
Sometimes a pa ...more
Right book. Right time. 5 stars. No apologies.
Ah, but is it a novel?
Well, let’s see. A Handbook to Literature: Novel Novel is used in its broadest sense to designate any extended fictional narrative almost always in prose. In practice, however, its use is customarily restricted to narratives in which the representation of character occurs either in a static condition or in the process of development as the result of events or actions. Often the term implies that some organizing principle—PLOT,...more
A review titled Reviewer's Block is ready but will be up only after completing the tetralogy(?). I am sure I am missing all the really good twists.
Reader is distracted from developing his plot and characters by the random thoughts and trivia of all the ...more
Cada página está escrita como un laberinto en el cual los muros son en realidad invisibles y todo camino posible está dentro de tu cabeza.
El camino mismo sucede en tu mente.
En tu experiencia.
En tu cultura.
Las múltiples referencias son abismales porque exigen en el lector una concentración intensa. Una atención particularmente precisa. Incluso leyéndolo en su traducción al español, hay párrafos que requieren ser leídos en voz alta, pa ...more
Reader’s Block reads literally as a baedeker to misfortunes and calamities lying in ambush for a creative mind on its way to the fulfillment of its pursuits.
“A novel of intellectual reference and allusion, so to speak minus much of the novel.”
Like a perfect thing-in-itself Reader’s Block contains its own perfect self-definition.
I’ve spent hours and hours in this old literary curiosity shop cracking the bookworm’s riddles of names, t ...more
We enjoyed doing it in VP, and once again the action wobbles around a book project in-the-making. Instead of VPs Writer, here we have a dua ...more
Textos sueltos y amarrados
Todos te dejan impactado
Pinceladas de realismo puro
¿O habrá invento alguno?
No lo sueltas desde que lo tomas
No te crees lo que lees
Me gustan tantas referencias al judaísmo
No me gustan tantas vidas que terminan pronto
¿Cómo ata cabos este hombre?
¿Cuánto tiempo dedica a este libro?
Quisiera escribir un libro así, sobre otro tema
Pero claro, nunca podré!
If forced to choose, Giacometti once said, he would rescue a cat from a burning building before a Rembrandt.
I am growing older. I have been in hospitals. Do I wish to put certain things down?
David Markson, author of Wittgenstein's Mistress, presents us here with a state of inspirational struggle familiar to writers everywhere. Through a collection of seemingly arcane factoids and trivia, interspersed with the questing voices resid ...more
Me ha encantado toparme con esta lectura, descubrir tantos hechos y disfrutar del humor que hay en el libro, un humor diferente y a veces macabro pero totalmente hipnótico.
Aún así, tengo que decir, que no es una lectura que recomiende a todos. Solo te lo puedo recomendar si estás dis ...more
"Nonlinear? Discontinuous? Collage-like?
this is essentially T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, revisited– both build themselves out of the rubble/flotsam/waste of writing and writers that came before, all the while meditating on time, art, and nothingness. Markson even gives a few explicit nods to the poem, like when he quotes from Dickens' 'Our Mutual Friend' : "He do the Police in different voices" (which served as the basis for Eliot's original title fo ...more
Maybe this wasn't possible when the book was first published, but now instead of reading it, try this:
-Google "Obscure literary facts"
-Try to limit the search by the following key words: anti-semites, The Iliad, deaths (especially accidental and suicides), war, and random authorial connections. ...more
No matter how I think about it, Reader's Block has barely any appealing features, but all the trappings of a postmodernistic trainwreck:
1. brutally repetitive structure
2. nary of a narrative
3. the most distastefulness solipsism of all: writing about writing (and even writing about writing about writing!_
4. I repeat - repetitiveness
5. Oh, so obviously existential: lone writer, lone person in a destitute house on a cemetary/beach... etc.
6. Compulsive, obsessive. Skeletal. List-y.
Of course this isn’t the same novel but the approach is the same: “Nonlin ...more
Markson's work is characterized ...more