Kassel no invita a la lógica

Kassel Does Not Call For Logic | Seix Barral, 2014

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With humor, profundity and a sharp eye, Enrique Vila-Matas tells the story of a solitary man who, roaming the streets amid oddities and wonder, takes it upon himself to translate from a language he does not understand, is swept up in invisible dances, spends a night in his own particular promised land and, finally, finds a place to call home along the way. From his balcony in Kassel, this wanderer helps us see the world anew and reveals the very essence of literature, the true reason to write.

A puzzling phone call shatters a writer’s routine. The enigmatic female voice on the other end of the line extends an invitation from the McGuffins to come over for dinner and unlock the mysteries of the universe. It soon becomes clear that this is an invitation to take part in the documenta in Kassel, the legendary festival of modern art, where his mission will be to transform himself into a living artistic installation and to sit down every morning to write in a Chinese restaurant on the outskirts of town.

There, the writer is surprised to find himself overcome by good cheer as he strolls through the city, spurred on by the endless supply of energy that beats at the heart of the festival. This is the spontaneous, quirky response of art, rising up against pessimism.