Enrique Vila-Matas's Bartleby & Co. PDF

By Enrique Vila-Matas

ISBN-10: 0811221539

ISBN-13: 9780811221535

In Bartleby & Co., an significantly stress-free novel, Enrique Vila-Matas tackles the subject of silence in literature: the writers and non-writers who, just like the scrivener Bartleby of the Herman Melville tale, in resolution to any query or call for, replies: "I would like no longer to." Addressing such "artists of refusal" as Robert Walser, Robert Musil, Arthur Rimbaud, Marcel Duchamp, Herman Melville, and J. D. Salinger, Bartleby & Co. can be defined as a meditation: a strolling journey during the annals of literature. Written as a chain of footnotes (a non-work itself), Bartleby embarks on such questions as why can we write, why will we exist? the reply lies within the novel itself: advised from the perspective of a airtight hunchback who has no success with girls, and is himself not able to jot down, Bartleby is totally enticing, a piece of profound and philosophical attractiveness.

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46, 48, 51), and not with the Blachii. The Old Russian chronicle confirms thus the tradition about the Romani as masters of Pannonia, and not the tradition about the Blachi. The tradition about Blachi would not have appeared had the Romanians been recently arrived in Hungary at the time when the prototype of the Gesta was written (the end of the 11 th century). Because we do not know a single reason why anyone would have invented it, it can be concluded that this tradition recorded the belief that Romanians had lived in Pannonia before the Hungarian conquest.

The fragment does not include a description of the ethnic composition of the land and we do not know whence they came, from the north or from the south, or if they were natives of Banat. 71 It is nevertheless true that the land of Glad was peopled by Romanians, since there is no reason to deny the continuity of the DacoRomanian population in Banat. Glad could be either Romanian, or Bulgarian. 72 The alliance between Bulgarians and “Greeks” (the Byzantine Empire) was considered an anachronism, because it could have reflected the situation between 1018 and 1185, when Bulgaria belonged to the Byzantine Empire.

A Romanian scholar, Alexandru Philippide,5 emphasized the role of these geographic and cultural circumstances in the emergence of not one, but two Romance languages (Romanian and Dalmatian) within Oriental Romania, whose divergent evolution was enhanced in 395 by the dividing line between the Roman Empires established precisely in the less Romanized central region. Pannonia had an intermediate and ambiguous position in Oriental Romania. The four provinces created by the reform of Diocletian at the end of the 3rd century (Pannonia Prima, Pannonia Secunda, Savia, and Valeria) were later included in the Western Roman Empire, namely in the Pannonian diocese (together with Dalmatia and Noricum).

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