Mario Levrero

The Thinking-About-Gladys Machine

Widely viewed as one of the most inventive bodies of work from 20th-century Latin America, Mario Levrero’s writing is distinguished by its bounteous imagination. In none other of the author’s books is this imagination so clearly on display as in The Thinking-About-Gladys Machine, his first collection of stories. It gathers a variety of Levrero’s earliest and most formally inventive publications, ranging from dazzling single paragraph micro-fictions à la Donald Barthelme to adventurous Lewis Carroll-esque tales of forty pages’ length.

From the shocking surreal twists of ‘Beggar Street’ to the Escher-like grammatical maze of ‘The Boarding House’, via the pseudo-fairy tale classic ‘The Basement’, this book explores uncanny domestic spaces, using the structures of the stories themselves as tools for re-inventing narrative possibility.



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More Info

  • 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.
  • Read Adam Thirlwell’s LRB piece on Empty Words, the first novel by Mario Levrero to appear in English translation.
  • Read more on Juan Pablo Villalobos’s thoughts on Levrero, here.
  • Translator Annie McDermott spoke about Levrero on Lori Feathers and Sam Jordison’s Across the Pond podcast. You can listen to it on all podcast platforms, including Apple and Spotify.

Original language: Spanish
Format: Ebook
Publication date: 15 October 2024
ISBN: 9781916751064
Ebook ISBN: 9781916751071


Fabián Casas

‘These stories contain Levrero’s most secret side and, in a way, 80% of the DNA that made him an extraordinary writer’

Elvio Gandolfo

‘One of Latin American literature’s most balanced and well-constructed books.’