A reader’s fictional travel of the paintings and lives of a few of the nice 20th-century Surrealists
An writer (a model of Vila-Matas himself) offers a quick “history” of a mystery society, the Shandies, who're enthusiastic about the idea that of “portable literature.” The society is totally imagined, yet during this rollicking, intellectually playful ebook, its contributors comprise writers and artists like Marcel Duchamp, Aleister Crowley, Witold Gombrowicz, Federico García Lorca, guy Ray, and Georgia O’Keefe. The Shandies meet secretly in residences, lodges, and cafes far and wide Europe to debate what nice literature relatively is: short, now not too severe, penetrating the depths of the mysterious. We witness the Shandies having adventures in desk bound submarines, underground caverns, African backwaters, and the cultural capitals of Europe.
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