By Enrique Vila-Matas
A reader's fictional travel of the artwork and lives of a few of the good 20th-century SurrealistsAn writer (a model of Vila-Matas himself) offers a quick "history" of a mystery society, the Shandies, who're passionate about the idea that of "portable literature." The society is solely imagined, yet during this rollicking, intellectually playful ebook, its participants contain writers and artists like Marcel Duchamp, Aleister Crowley, Witold Gombrowicz, Federico García Lorca, guy Ray, and Georgia O'Keefe. The Shandies meet secretly in residences, motels, and cafes far and wide Europe to debate what nice literature rather is: short, now not too critical, penetrating the depths of the mysterious. We witness the Shandies having adventures in desk bound submarines, underground caverns, African backwaters, and the cultural capitals of Europe.
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A Brief History of Portable Literature by Enrique Vila-Matas