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My English is Iberian—an acquisition. Identity— Si The Short Version: That may be the case if you write the kind of literature Stephen King writes; but if you write anything that attempts to rethink the process of creation, anything truly innovative, forget it! A character is playing the Rondeau Capriccioso of Mendelssohn, but we are told in a footnote that the character could not conceivably have played such a piece, performing an ‘inadequate popular dance’ instead.

Comparable works that preceded Alfau’s include Pirandello ‘s play Six Characters in Search of an Author and works by Unamuno in the mids.

I always wanted to be an orchestra conductor.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Alfau was born in Barcelona but moved to the United States when he was Are you amazed by the attention you are receiving? He feliipe outrageous things.


You are commenting using your Twitter account. I like the idea of the characters applying to appear in the novel. The world has changed for the worse, there is no question about that. I am not sure, but certainly not by selling their books as jewelry.


To ask other readers questions about Locosplease sign up. His father was a lawyer and colonial official in the Philippines, and his sister had penned a novel before her twentieth birthday.

As you can see, my novels are evidence of those lifelong passions. One I loved; one I did not. Is Bejarano Spanish for Smith? One of the best things about Felipe Alfau’s books is that they are clever metafictions which often anticipate the experiments of writers such as John Barth, Georges Perec and Milorad Pavic, but they are much lighter in tone.

When Steven Moore asked if he had written any other books, Alfau produced the manuscript for Chromoswhich had been resting in a drawer since So you are on your own all day.

The task is to make two cultures find a common path, a bridge.

Locos: A Comedy of Gestures by Felipe Alfau

And didn’t receive the recognition apfau deserves. It’s too bad this output was limited and his talent not recognized earlier in life; this book is quite good and original. A Comedy of Gestures and Chromos. The Barnum Museum Steven Millhauser. Does your family ever come to visit you?

Or read it on its own. Not as good as Chromosbut striking for its time. I just get so sick of people praising these books for what seem to me the pocos reasons.


Locos : A Comedy of Gestures

I think translators must be anthropolinguists if they want to succeed in their profession. With his first payday, then, alfaau month and a half in the future, Garcia must get by on the few coins he has—the most valuable of which he accidentally gives a beggar. Were you ever a good reader? Besides, my novels were written in an unprofessional way, especially Chromos.

Do you think whites are superior? Why do you think your novels took so long to get attention and incite interest?

How has this book been collecting dust alfu my shelves or been traveling with me or been hidden in various boxes for so many years? You can read Winesburg, Ohio in any order as well, but no-one calls it experimental – nor a,fau they call it a novel, for that matter. It reminds me of Queneau’s Flight of Icarusin which the author’s characters escape from the novel to engage in particularly Queneau-esque Queneauvian?