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The interconnected stones that form Felipe Alfau's novel Locos take place in a Madrid as exotic as the Baghdad of the 1001 Arabian Nights and feature unforgettable characters in revolt against their young 'author' "For them", he complains, "reality is what fiction is to real people; they simply love it and make for it against ray almost heroic opposition" Alfau's "comedy of gestures" -- a mercurial dreamscape of the eccentric, sometimes criminal, habitues of Toledo's Cafe of the Crazy -- was written in English and first published in 1936, favorably reviewed for The Nation by Mary McCarthy, as she recounts here in her Afterword, then long neglected.
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Felipe Alfau was a Catalan American novelist and poet. Like his contemporaries Luigi Pirandello and Flann O'Brien, Alfau is considered a forerunner of later postmodern writers such as Vladimir Nabokov, Thomas Pynchon, Donald Barthelme, and Gilbert Sorrentino.
Buchbeschreibung Dalkey Archive Press, 1989. Buchzustand: Good. First Edition Thus. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP12645901
Buchbeschreibung Dalkey Archive Press, Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.A., 1989. hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: No Dust Jacket. First Edition. Hardcover. No jacket. ISBN sticker on rear. Leading corners and spine ends are slightly bumped. Binding is sound and the text is clear. TH. Used. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 274063
Buchbeschreibung Buchzustand: Good. Book Condition: Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 97809165833094.0
Buchbeschreibung The Dalkey Archive Press, Il, 1988. Hard Cover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. Cover Art (illustrator). 1st. X-Library with normal flaws.The hard cover and the jacket has very light shelf wear. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Back. Buchnummer des Verkäufers NO 26955
Buchbeschreibung Elmwood Park IL. 1988. The Dalkey Archive Press, 1988. green cloth hardbound 8vo. dustwrapper in protective plastic book jacket cover. fine cond. binding square & tight. covers clean. edges clean. contents free of all markings. dustwrapper in fine cond. not worn or torn or price clipped. nice clean copy. no library markings, store stamps, stickers, bookplates, no names, inking , underlining, remainder markings etc ~ first edition so stated. first printing (nap) of this new edition (1936 original). xii+206p. modern literature. surrealism. spanish literature. novels. fiction. mythology. The interconnected stories that form this novel take place in a Madrid as exotic as the Baghdad of the 1001 Arabian Nigbts and feature unforgettable characters in revol t against their young "author." "For them," he complains, "reality is what fiction is to real people; they simply love it and make for it against my almost heroic opposition. By the end of this book my characters are no longer a tool for my expression, but I am a helpless instrument of their whims and absurd contretemps. . In short, my characters have taken seriously the saying that 'truth is stranger than fiction' and I have failed in my attempts to convince them of the contrary." These fables of identity are enchanting despite Alfau's frequent reminders that these are mere puppets, figures of the imagination; nor can the reader fail to find, despite Alfau's mock warning, "beneath a more or less entertaining comedy of meaningless gestures, the vulgar aspects of a common tragedy." First published in 1936 and undeservedly neglected for the last fifty years, Locos anticipated the "magic realism" of the Latin Americans as well as the inventions of such later writers as Jorge Luis Borges, Flann O'Brien. John Barth, and Donald Barthelrne. Modern readers are now in a better position to appreciate Alfau's ingenurty and art, and to wonder how such a book, whose place in modern fiction is now so clear, could have gone unrecognized for so many years. Mary McCarthy, one of the original reviewers of locos, has written an afterword for this new edition. FELIPE ALFAU was born in 1902 in Guernica, Spain. He emigrated to the United Stares during World War I, where he studied music and wrote music criticism for a brief period for La Prensa; the Spanish newspaper in New York. Deciding to write in English because he felt he could not reach a Spanish audience, be completed Locos in 1928, which took eight years to find a publisher. In 1929 Doubleday published a children's book of his, Old Tales from Spain. After the publication of Locos, Alfau gave up writing and 'worked in a bank in New York City as a translator. He now lives in retirement in New York City. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 3301201
Buchbeschreibung Dalkey Archive Pr, 1989. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. book. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 0916583309
Buchbeschreibung Dalkey Archive Press, 1989. Buchzustand: very good. Gently used. Expect delivery in 20 days. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 9780916583309-3
Buchbeschreibung Dalkey Archive Press, 1989. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P020916583309
Buchbeschreibung Buchzustand: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 97809165833091.0
Buchbeschreibung Dalkey Archive Press, 1989. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P110916583309