Bartleby y compañía

Bartleby & Co | Anagrama, 2000; Seix Barral, 2015; PRH/DeBolsillo, 2016

» Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (France)
» Ciudad de Barcelona Prize (Spain)
» Prix Fernando Aguirre-Libralire (France)
» Best Spanish Novel of Year (México)

-  Mister Rulfo, why haven’t you written anything for so many years?
- It’s just that my Uncle Celerino died, and he’s the one who told me the stories.

This book talks about people who stop writing (Rulfo, Rimbaud, Salinger…) and looks for the reasons why each of them would prefer not to.

We all know the Bartlebys – they are those who inhabit a profound negation of the world. They take their something about his life, responded simply: “I would prefer not to”.

In Bartleby y compañía the endemic disease of contemporary letters is talked about; the negative pulse or attraction to nothing. The book’s narrator, writing a diary which is, at the same time, a notebook of footnotes commenting on an invisible text, shows his ample solvency as a tracker of Bartlebys when passing through the ‘Maze of No’, along paths considered to be the most perturbing and attractive trend in contemporary literature – a trend in which he sees the only path that remains open to true literary creation, because for him only from the negative pulse of rejection, only from the lucid Maze of No can future writing emerg.