The Museum of Eterna's Novel (The First Good Novel)
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and read Macedonio’s (he is usually referred to by his first name) perfect novel are hereby rendered null and void, rescinded, and discouraged.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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
I'm responding this way because I'm try...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
I am sad that I gave up on it...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
The "Novel" is really a long meditation on life, love, and the process of creating fiction with liberal doses of philosophy and metaphysics tossed in for good measures, plus enough humor and irreverence to keep the proceedings from becoming too pretentious or pompous.