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Mario Levrero

Empty Words

A writer fills a notebook with exercises to improve his writing believing that this will lead to improvements in his character. His determination and commitment despite interruptions, distractions, highly inventive procrastination and worries about his mental health make this book extremely relatable in our distraction-filled age. What appears to be merely a functional exercise transforms into reflections and anecdotes about life, coexistence, writing, sense and the senselessness of existence.

Written with Kafkaesque lucidity, Empty Words reflects ‘the lost spirit’ of our time.

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Print status: Upcoming
Translator: Annie McDermott
Original language: Spanish
Format: B-format paperback
Publication date: 13 June 2019
ISBN: 9781911508502
Ebook ISBN: 9781911508519
Availability: UK, EUR & Comm (excl Can)
Number of pages: 152


Revista Eñe on Levrero

‘Mario Levrero is the great discovery of the century for Latin American literature.’

Granta on Levrero

‘Levrero is an author who challenges the canonical idea of Latin American literature. If you really want to complete the puzzle of our tradition, you must read him.’

Enrique Fogwill on Levrero

‘Mario Levrero is a genius.’

Antonio Muñoz Molina on Levrero

‘Style and imagination like Levrero’s are rare in Spanish-language literature.’

El Pais on Levrero

‘Levrero is Kafka’s ‘everyday’ flip side, a shadow of Camus with a comical take.’

Alejandro Zambra

‘A lighthearted wisdom beats in every sentence of Empty Words, a little masterpiece by Mario Levrero, who is, to me, one of the funniest and most influential writers of recent times. This book might change your life, or at least your handwriting.’