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Mario Levrero

Empty Words

An eccentric novelist decides to go back to basics on his journey of self- improvement: he will strip out the literary aspect of his writing and simply improve his handwriting. The novelist begins to keep a notebook of handwriting exercises, hoping that if he is able to improve his penmanship, his personal character will also improve. What begins as a mere physical exercise becomes involuntarily coloured by humorous reflections and tender anecdotes about living, writing, and the sense – and nonsense – of existence.

The first book by Mario Levrero to be translated into English, Empty Words is the perfect introduction to a major author and a significant point of reference in Latin American writing today.

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  • Read Levrero translator Annie McDermott’s piece on our Ampersand blog about her trip to Uruguay, where she learned more about Mario Levrero’s lasting impact, including a school of writing and socks.
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

Reviews

Dana Spiotta

‘An eccentric, funny, and original novel: philosophical but playful, short but obsessive, ironic but desperate, and theoretical but intimate.’


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.’