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Non-fiction Non-fiction: The Blind Spot

  • By Javier Cercas
  • Price: £16.99
  • ISBN: 9780857056535
  • Availability: Out of stock - expected on 27/09/2021 if you order today
  • Not a catalogue item - details provisional

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In 2015, following in the footsteps of George Steiner, Mario Vargas Llosa and Umberto Eco, as Weidenfeld Visiting Professor in Comparative European Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford, Cercas gave a series of five lectures on the novel today, which have since been revised and are now published in English for the first time as The Blind Spot.

Starting with Don Quixote and his own experience as a writer, Cercas launches out into a consideration of the most challenging fiction of the last hundred years, from Kafka, Borges, Perec, Calvino and Kundera, to Sebald, Coetzee, Barnes, Foster Wallace and Knausgard. First, he defines and celebrates certain aspects of the novel in the twenty-first century which are also features of Cervantes' masterpiece: its essential irony and ambiguity, its total commitment to innovation, its natural, joyful and omnivorous desire to cram the whole world within its pages, and its intricate concern with fiction and reality. Then he moves on to consider the actual meaning of the novel, the uncertain and discredited role of the writer as intellectual, and the role of the reader in the creation of a form whose aim is to tell the truth by telling lies.

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Series Non-fiction Title The Blind Spot
Subject Spanish Language English
Market Adolescent/Adult Level Fluent/native speakers
Publication Date May 2018 Authors Javier Cercas
Binding Hardback Pages 176
Size(mm) 137x205 Weight (gms) 268
ESB Code 56323 ISBN 9780857056535
Inspection Copy No Delivery Out of stock - expected on 27/09/2021 if you order today
  Price £16.99

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