No World Concerto

No World Concerto

by A G Porta, Antoni Garcaia Porta
     
 
A prismatic and erotic novel of the intersection of multiple worlds, this is the first novel by Roberto Bolano's early writing partner A. G. Porta to be translated into English.

Overview

A prismatic and erotic novel of the intersection of multiple worlds, this is the first novel by Roberto Bolano's early writing partner A. G. Porta to be translated into English.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Porta, a one-time collaborator with Roberto Bolano (on Tips from a Disciple of Morrison to a Fan of Joyce), dexterously plays with a concept now well-known to both literature and film: the storyteller who blurs the horizon between objective reality and creative endeavor. A man identified only as "the screenwriter" sets to work in a Parisian flophouse, giving various indications that the sexually self-exploitive girl who visits him and the pianist of his screenplay are not merely muse and character but a single entity. From the nexus of this enigmatic girl, all elements of environment, history, and society become swept into a sort of literary limbo. Appropriate to the concentration on cinema, repetition of barely-altered observations gives the text the feel of a cerebral art-house film. Similarly, the stream-of-consciousness style befits the screenwriter's organic story-drafting methodology. Porta builds curiosity in an unorthodox manner, presenting globules of subjectivism within the structure of the girl's own reality-blurring writing, and some passages even break the fourth wall. While the novel doubtless strikes a form appropriate to the philosophy sprinkled throughout, its reception will hinge upon a given reader's tolerance for unceasing disorientation and the characters' looping mantra that life is a game. (Apr.)
El Mundo
“A. G. Porta is a first-class narrator.”
La Vanguardia
“The reference points for this original and ambitious novel are Cervantes, Proust, Kafka, Joyce, and Wittgenstein.”
Revista Quimera
“One the most interesting and complex narrative projects of the last few years.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564788610
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Series:
Spanish Literature Series
Edition description:
Translatio
Pages:
339
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

A. G. Porta was born in Barcelona in 1954. He gained prominence in the Spanish literary world when he won the Ambito Literario de Narrativa Prize in 1984 for a novel written with Roberto Bolano. After a silence of over ten years-which Bolano claimed that Porta spent reading and rereading Joyce-he began publishing novels to widespread critical acclaim.

A. G. Porta was born in Barcelona in 1954. He gained prominence in the Spanish literary world when he won the Ambito Literario de Narrativa Prize in 1984 for a novel written with Roberto Bolano. After a silence of over ten years-which Bolano claimed that Porta spent reading and rereading Joyce-he began publishing novels to widespread critical acclaim.

A. G. Porta was born in Barcelona in 1954. He gained prominence in the Spanish literary world when he won the Ambito Literario de Narrativa Prize in 1984 for a novel written with Roberto Bolano. After a silence of over ten years-which Bolano claimed that Porta spent reading and rereading Joyce-he began publishing novels to widespread critical acclaim.

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