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The Magician of Vienna

(Trilogía de la memoria/Trilogy of Memory #3)

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The heartbreaking final volume in Sergio Pitol's groundbreaking memoir-essay-fiction-hybrid "Trilogy of Memory" finds Pitol boldly and passionately weaving fiction and autobiography together to tell of his life lived through literature as a way to stave off the advancement of a degenerative neurological condition causing him to lose the use of language. Fiction invades aut ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Deep Vellum Publishing (first published 2005)
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Liliana
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leo (tardíamente, para variar) El mago de Viena de Sergio Pitol. Es, quizá, una de las grandes revelaciones que he tenido en los últimos años: mezcla de varios géneros –ensayo, narración, autobiografía–, el libro da cuenta de un lector, Pitol, incapaz de concebir su vida sin la literatura: vive para leer y, sobre todo, lee para vivir. Cada periodo de su existencia está enmarcado en una lectura: de Flann O' Brien a Joseph Conrad, de Evelyn Waugh a Antón Chéjov, su escritura es, a su vez, una prol ...more
Víctor Sampayo
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy buenos textos, aunque varios de ellos (como suele hacer Pitol) se reciclan de otros libros previos...
Riet
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Moeilijk te beschrijven wat voor boek dit is. Ik weet niet meer waarom ik het besteld heb, maar heb er geen spijt van. Het blijkt het derde deel van een trilogie te zijn, en die vormen dan de memoires, autobiografie en nog veel meer van de Mexicaanse schrijver Sergio Pitol. Het gaat vooral over het belang van literatuur voor zijn leven en hij beschrijft het werk van een aantal schrijvers, die hi belnagrijk vond (Conrad, Tsjechow etc.) Pitol was een flink aantal jaren cultureel attaché voor Mexic ...more
kasia
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Largely pleasant, though somewhat sleepy. Pitol reminisces about places he’s been and books he’s read — it’s like chatting with a friend over coffee, except that it’s not a dialogue (which is slightly to its detriment).
Nate
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another excellent book by Pitol. Really excited for the upcoming story and novel translations Deep Vellum is putting out.
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Sergio Pitol Demeneghi was a prominent Mexican writer and diplomat. In 2005 he received the Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious literary award in the Spanish-speaking world.

Pitol studied law and literature and served in the Mexican foreign service at Rome, Belgrade, Warsaw, Paris, Beijing, Moscow, Budapest and Barcelona. He started publishing novels in the late 1960s.

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