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What to Do

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A nameless narrator and his friend Alberto move through a constantly morphing continuum of dream-like situations while discussing philosophy, literature, and war. The impossible question of an enormous student in a lecture hall at an English university sets off a series of alternate paths that open before them like a fan. In taverns, boats, and plazas, the two protagonists ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published December 29th 2016 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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MJ Nicholls
An absurd rondo with Albert and I, What To Do is one of the funniest fictions to appear in a while. Teaching at an English university, and often ending up made of rags, the twosome morph through a sequence of surreal scenarios, each a theme and variation on the last or an earlier, each more amusing than the previous. Literate, lyrical, loopy.
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Alberto y el narrador aparecen enseñando en una universidad inglesa. A partir de la pregunta de uno de sus estudiantes surge para ellos una cantidad de posibilidades que los irán transportando a distintas situaciones espacio-temporales. 

No es lo mismo escribir sobre un autor cuya obra nos resulta desconocida o aparece como primera experiencia que hacerlo habiendo leído ya bastante de la misma. En mi caso,
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
French Decadent writer Leon Bloy, Saint Isidore’s “Etymologiae” from the Middle Ages, Boethius’ “Consolation of Philosophy”, Blazac, Paul the Apostle, Paul the Anchorite…. The first twenty-one pages of this novel contain the lot, and then some.

This work consists of fifty chapters, each relaying a similar story, presented to us by an unnamed narrator, journeys about himself and his friend Alberto, their situations constantly morphing through numerous philosophical situations.

The novel uses sight,
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Extraño libro, no sé si llamarlo novela, pero es ficción por lo cual sí, es una novela. No es una historia lineal, por lo cual tampoco puedo decir de qué trata exactamente la historia, aunque si tiene elementos de los cuales te familiarizas. Es un experimento? no lo sé, pero si lo es, es muy afortunado. Y completamente original. Todo ocurre dentro de un sueño, o de muchos sueños? tiene esa extraña sensación de que puede pasar cualquier cosa, y a la vez es un juego con las palabras, en donde los ...more
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
me gustan los libros que se preguntan qué y cómo es escribir
Vincenzo Iuppa
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
A complicated round of dream and imagination that ends up failing to resolve into something more than a fascinating iterations on themes.
Mason Jones
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is indeed a very strange, but very enjoyable, book. Surreal and dreamlike, presented as short scenes, mostly two pages or so in length, which build on one another. As each scene passes, events and images from each reappear in almost circular ways. It's absurd in a Jarry sort of way, humorous but nonetheless serious, with little philosophical observations that make you chuckle. I'm looking forward to finding more of Katchadjian's work, though it appears that not much is available yet in Engl ...more
While reading this book I kept wondering how on earth he wrote it. Dreams are so difficult to talk about from one's conscious mind - things that made perfect sense within the dreamworld are difficult to even describe in normal life. Somehow the author manages to do exactly that though. Whimsical and fun, I loved it.
Golosina Caníbal
El juego de variaciones con elementos narrativos mínimos (personajes, lugares, acciones) en clave onírico-surrealista es el centro de este libro. Creo que la obra se agota en el gesto, típico procedimiento de vanguardia que a la vigésima variación se agota. La reflexión metaliteraria, el absurdo y el nonsense humorístico están bien logrados pero en mi lectura, el tono y el ademán se me volvieron repetitivos. "Qué hacer" es un aparato literario puramente formal (hay alguna que otra reflexión de c ...more
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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