Because She Never Asked (New Directions Pearls)

Because She Never Asked (New Directions Pearls)

by Enrique Vila-Matas, Valerie Miles

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Overview

A novella—half joke and half nightmare— by "Spain's most significant contemporary literary figure" (The New Yorker)

Because She Never Asked is a story reminiscent of that reached by the travelers in Patricia Highsmith's Stranger on a Train. The author first writes a piece for the artist Sophie Calle to live out: a young, aspiring, French artist travels to Lisbon and the Azores in pursuit of an older artist whose work she’s in love with. The second part of the story tells what happens between the author and Calle. She eludes, him; he becomes blocked, and suffers physical collapse.

“Something strange happened along the way,” Vila-Matas wrote. “Normally, writers try to pass a work of fiction off as being real. But in Because She Never Asked, the opposite occurred: in order to give meaning to the story of my life, I found that I needed to present it as fiction.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811225700
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 11/19/2015
Series: New Directions Pearls
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 986,185
File size: 465 KB

About the Author

ENRIQUE VILA-MATAS was born in Barcelona. He has received countless prizes and written numerous award-winning novels, including Bartleby&Co., Montano’s Malady, Never Any End to Paris, and Dublinesque.
Valerie Miles, an editor, writer, translator, and professor, is the co-founding editor of the literary journal Granta in Spanish.

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