By Enrique Vila-Matas
A fabulous novel by way of certainly one of Spain's most vital modern authors, within which a clerk in a Barcelona workplace takes us on a romping journey of worldwide literature.In Bartleby & Co., an greatly stress-free novel, Enrique Vila-Matas tackles the topic 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 now not to." Addressing such "artists of refusal" as Robert Walser, Robert Musil, Arthur Rimbaud, Marcel Duchamp, Herman Melville, and J. D. Salinger, Bartleby & Co. might be defined as a meditation: a strolling travel during the annals of literature. Written as a sequence of footnotes (a non-work itself), Bartleby embarks on such questions as why can we write, why can we exist? the reply lies within the novel itself: instructed from the viewpoint of a airtight hunchback who has no success with girls, and is himself not able to put in writing, Bartleby is totally enticing, a piece of profound and philosophical attractiveness.