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The Museum Of Eterna S Novel The First Good Novelis The Very Definition Of A Novel Written Ahead Of Its Time Macedonio Known To Everyone By His Unusual First Name Worked On This Novel In The S And Early S, During The Heyday Of Argentine Literary Culture, And Around The Same Time That At Swim Two Birds Was Published, A Novel That Has Quite A Bit In Common With Macedonio S Masterpiece In Many Ways, Museum Is An Anti Novel It Opens With Than Fifty Prologues Including Ones Addressed To My Authorial Persona, To The Critics, And To Readers Who Will Perish If They Don T Know What The Novel Is About That Are By Turns Philosophical, Outrageous, Ponderous, And Cryptic These Pieces Cover A Range Of Topics From How The Upcoming Novel Will Be Received To How To Thwart Skip Around Readers By Writing A Book That S Defies Linearity The Second Half Of The Book Is The Novel Itself, A Novel About A Group Of Characters Some Borrowed From Other Texts Who Live On An Estancia Called La Novella A Hilarious And Often Quite Moving Book, The Museum Of Eterna S Novel Redefined The Limits Of The Genre, And Has Had A Lasting Impact On Latin American Literature Authors Such As Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cort Zar, And Ricardo Piglia Have All Fallen Under Its Charm And High Concepts, And, At Long Last, English Speaking Readers Can Experience The Book That Helped Build The Reputation Of Borges S Mentor Open Letter Website


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    He who imagines will never know non being. Jorge Luis Borges, the friend and prot g of Macedonio Fern ndez 1874 1952 , once wrote of that his mentor is metaphysics, is literature Whoever preceded him might shine in history, but they were all rough drafts of Macedonio Despite leaving such a legacy and impression upon Borges, The Museum of Eterna s Novel The First Good Novel started in 1925, was not published until after Macedonio s death However, this book, far ahead of its time, proved his worth by challenging the standard constructs of novels while being a sort of anti novel Consisting of what Macedonio claims are two novels, the first good novel and the last bad novel shuffled together in random order, the reader finds themselves lured in and trapped as a character among Macedonio s characters living together in La Novela Beginning with 120pgs of prologues or are they that refuse to end and continually probe the ideas of plot, character and novels in general, and followed by a cast of characters all making demands upon their author, Macedonio has created a tool kit for his readers to build a bright future of literature Macedonio has created a tool kit of sorts for his readers Found inside his book is an assortment of scene and character sketches, essays, prologues, and other musings that come together to form this novelty of novels. Dedicating the book to the skip around reader , Macedonio rejects any conventional form, as well as almost any novelistic conventions altogether, to create a sense of skipping around through a book although the reader goes in page order from start to finish In fact, the culmination of the actual plot playing loosely with that term in order to rope the actions of the characters over the course of the novel into a literary term for the sake of easily handling and examining them is discussed in the prologues and the author even mocks a reader who would desire any sort of completion or cohesive plot The reader who won t read my novel if he can t know all of it first is my kind of reader, he s an artist, because he who reads only seeking the final resolution is seeking what art should not provide, his interest is in the merely vital, not in a state of consciousness the only artistic reader is the one who does not seek resolution. For Macedonio, the true purpose behind any work of art is the creation of it, the mechanics that build and function within it The President residing in La Novela a character who may or may not be the author himself, reflects such ideals by having removed all paintings from his walls and in there place set up small art studios easels so as to be able to admire the creation of art as opposed to the final piece The prologues focus primarily upon the mechanics of literature through which Macedonio allows his characters to play out their written on paper lives He explores the psychology behind the consciousness in each character, the implications of his metaphysical ideas, and most importantly, the striving of an artist to create their work The artist is he who loves everything and speaks everything, writes MF The pure love for his creations pours from every page of the book, and he cannot help but constantly break the fourth wall and allow himself and his characters to address the reader In fact, the novel is an enormous plea to the reader to subsequently create their own stories and novels He even goes as far as urging the reader to simply edit and improve upon his own novel, provided the reader at least leave behind some small indication of the original, and from this plea it can be argued that we today have such metafictional gems as the works Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cort zar, At Swim Two Birds, or even If on a Winter s Night a Traveler Macedonio admits to being unable to achieve total perfection, but insists that true beauty awaits those who strive for it Addressing his own critics, he offers several concessionary apologies for failing to achieve perfection while still delivering his final condescending remarks to critics saying, I realized that all you really know is what Perfection is not. The reader author relationship is critical to the novel, so much so that the reader is given their very own character to voice opinions throughout the novel, usually at moments where MF is sure to have agitated the reader through stagnation of the story from constant digressions, or due to his lofty philosophical discussions he even goes as far as offering footnotes asserting that certain topics are sure to be indicative of a 62 reader drop out Through every cutting remark from the reader , MF assures them that there is a bigger picture behind each detail and that he is putting his whole heart and soul into the expression of ideas Not only does the author, or one of his many authorial personas, break the fourth wall, but his characters as well Much of the aforementioned plot, and even the prologues, consist of the characters making demands upon the author and his anxiety in being unable to meet them He is even thwarted by characters he must leave out of the novel the Cook, for example, was left out of the novel, so she creates her own restaurant next to the train station that would take readers to the novel notice how metafictionally spiraling this book becomes out of spite, causing many readers to miss their train because they cannot pry themselves away from her delicious foods Maybegenius, a character thusly named out of MF s insistence that an author cannot properly write a genius character in his novel if he himself is not a genius in order to provide them with the insight and wit befitting such a status of intelligence, is forever frustrated by his name as the authors own limitations are the limitations imposed upon a consciousness that should be capable of higher levels of thought The biggest complaint lodged against the authorial creator however, is his inability to give them actual Life.To accurately address this conundrum faced by the characters, MF spends a great many pages scattered throughout the prologues and novel to explain his theories of metaphysics and existence The premises in which the novel is grounded are those that imply that all thought, be them dreams, the imagination or stories and novels, that contain characters including the author dreamer which must be a character in their own creation as a Creator character must take place within their own space To put it simply, and with my apologies to MF for debasing his abstruse ideas, the ideas in our head have an actual life on some plane of reality that there is space within abstract space so that the characters we invent truly exist in a lesser form than we do on this plane of reality we create for them Following this premise, MF argues that we can achieve eternity and defeat death as long as some part of us can still exist in the memories of others and the stories they tell This is a rather uplifting, positive outlook, and in a way MF has immortalized himself through his book if we the reader are perceiving him as the author character who speaks to us through the book and therefore still exists in the metaphysical space created in our thoughts Still with me Once again, sorry for misconstruing a much greater and involved concept, however, this is the existence in which the characters living in La Novela find themselves We are treated to interesting characters such as The Man Who Feigned To Live, a character that is often mentioned as not being in the novel, but our knowledge of his non existence is what actually gives him existence It is then assumed that as long as we have imagination, then we can never not exist, which leads to a further prologue on the nature of non existence and the difficulties of explaining such concepts as that and nothing proceeding along the basis of how can we truly understand nothing if thinking of nothing produces some thought and is therefore not nothing , etc Some of these concepts are difficult to swallow, and often the reader is sure to disagree and desire an argument MF, being a good sport, disputes his own ideas he gives Immanuel Kant his moment in a prologue by briefly pointing out how Kant s ideas oppose his own through the characters of Eterna and The Lover, both of whom see death as a finality and that only by entering a state of non existence can life and love have any meaning It is often difficult to ascertain MF s true opinions on his wide barrage of ideas as he often contradicts them in other prologues and writes from multiple author personas Occasionally he comes across as arrogant and self assured, and other times as sad, apologetic and frustrated.An interesting concept that springs from the melancholy of the character due to their lack of actual living, breathing Life, is that by subsequently creating their own stories, they too become a Creator By telling stories and writing their own novels they find the notes for the President s book, which is a metafictional reshaping of the novel the reader currently holds in their hands they are able to experience the birth pangs of life for a brief interval These ideas lead to exciting discourses on the nature of being a character, which is argued to be different than playing a role as an actor, illustrating how it can be both freeing and frustrating to be under the control of a higher power and the importance of being able to create their own stories as well These characters are forever trapped within MF s novel, and he insists that once the novel has ended, they all must die with the finality of reading in the present However, they still exist in our memories, and this is his major reason why it is important to create memorable works in order for our characters to live on, and so we too as the reader author can live on forever in the minds of our own readers The of ourselves we give, the of us there is to live on beyond death, much like how a character grows and becomes three dimensional with each passing page adding to the growing past of the characters Each new action creates a sharper image of them and makes them lifelike, yet they can never remove themselves from the page and walk around with you and I and that is their ultimate, sad fate.While The Museum of Eterna s Novel can be rather cumbersome and difficult with the wide range of philosophical and psychological inquires that appear in random order throughout the book, as well as having no real plot to latch onto, it is still an enduring work of literature that shatters all preconceived notions of what a novel should be By addressing what makes a novel, and by consequently not having many of those aspects in the novel at hand, Macedonio explores the possibilities in literature Despite the thin plot, he manages to create a story that is by turns humorous and tragic, moving and romantic, as he demonstrates his characters abilities This book is a must read for any fans of the great Borges, or anyone with a taste for the avant garde, metafictional or just enjoys exploring the mechanics of a book and the places such techniques can take us From discussions of love, death, suicide and literary criticism, this novel has something for everyone This truly is a writer s tool box.5 5 And now I search your portrait for the trace not of your being, but of how you are, because you are however we see you and know you. I highly recommend exploring his Wiki page.


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    First and Foremost Let it here be known that any previous suggestions, recommendations and or encouragements to procure and read Macedonio s he is usually referred to by his first name perfect novel are hereby rendered null and void, rescinded, and discouraged This novel is, in fact, one tremendous Mind Fuck Challenging Easily set aside Hard to pick up and resume Confusing And yet, it is exactly what the numerous prologues claim it will be. Fully half of the novel is comprised of prologues to critics, to characters, to characters which will not appear in the novel, to readers, to readers who skip around, to readers who will perish if they don t know what the novel is about, and , many The prologues pave the way for the novel told as if an allegory, or with the feel of an allegory characters with names such as Maybegenius, Sweetheart, the Lover, the Reader, along with concrete names like the President and Eterna share time at an estancia country estate called La Novella Their actions are largely limited to discussions and a brief episode wherein Buenos Aires is conquered Discussions are concerned with being, reality, eternity, death, automatism, metaphysics, art, beauty, suicide, avoidance of pain, the reality of characters, whether characters can rebel and write their own stories all the usual stuff.With your endulgence, consider what other writers have said concerning this novel Cormac McCarthy Macedonio could spend a little quality time outback with the Judge.Enrique Vila Matas 87 No.Jorge Luis Borges Oy David Markson Macedonio lived the life of a hermit before moving in with his son Macedonio.My Neighbor Aren t you done with that yet Well, I guess I am done with it to the extent one can be done with it It has this compelling read me again thing going for it Frightening And yet, I might I liked this one, regardless of how it sounds above I can t recommend it to many a few of you there are a few of you I d like to compel to read this, but I d rather continue to get along with you Special thanks to David for enabling this read sending the Judge your way.


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    A Romanian woman once sang me a phrase of folk music and I have since found it tens of times in different works from different composers of the past four hundred years Indubitably things do not begin or they don t begin when they are created Or the world was created old Macedonio Fern ndez deals in paradoxes so I at once fell for his book Writing sixty prefaces, prologues, preambles and prolegomena to his novel Macedonio Fern ndez literally turned the stream of consciousness into the total commotion of consciousness , both author s and reader s.What actually is the nature of novel and what is the nature of literary characters It ll be necessary that some of them have altercations and even become enemies, as is obvious, considering the close quarters they share, living in the same novel characters destined to be permanent rivals, or those who are so only for a moment, must both conduct themselves as people who nevertheless share the same death, at the same place and time the end of the book And what is the author s task Author I shouldn t say to the reader, Come into my novel, but rather save him from life indirectly My quest is that every reader should enter my novel and lose himself in it the novel will take him in, bewitch him, empty him out The Museum of Eterna s Novel is a literature of literature the sort of literary Gnosticism What do the characters of a novel do when neither the author nor readers are around They write and read novels


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    Metafiction as a Strategy to Avoid PainIt is amazing to discover such an important novel Fern ndez was a friend, mentor, inspiration, and precursor to Borges This novel, the work of over 25 years, is one of the first and still one of the most complex anti novels ever written I am delighted to have discovered it only 60 years late It was written between 1925 and 1952 I have found that in reading and re reading The Museum of Eterna s Novel The First Good Novel and re reading is the only way to read the novel itself theorizes its possible readings extensively, inventively, repetitively, exhaustively I find my thoughts divide into two currents First is the mechanics and proposals of the anti novel then there is the psychology, the mood, or the affect that emerges from so many layers of anti realism The former develops mostly in the first half of the book, which is comprised entirely of fifty prologues to the novel The latter emerges mainly in the second half, which is the novel, and is titled Were Those Prologues And Is This The Novel 1 The mechanics of the anti novel In terms of the ways it articulates its relation to reality and fiction, this book is sophisticated than many that have followed it It ends many times there is a chapter that declares a minute , or a minute less remains of the novel , and it talks continuously about itself there are prologues that meditate on the blank pages that publishers still print before and after the text It describes all possible sorts of readers the one who reads straight through the one who helps write the book itself and the skiparound reader, who is both essential and wrong p 119 The very idea of narrative, of plot, is theorized as a matter of memory If something big and new doesn t happen, he says, after a character dies in quotation marks because characters don t die, but move from one novel to another , then we will always see her as she was, because without new things happening there s no forgetting, because there s no Time which is nothing outside of events, which weaken our images of the past Such a thing would be a formula for unforgetfulness p 117 There are moments when all this is fairly programmatic, and Fern ndez seems to be writing a fragmentary manifesto of literary modernism the first good novel For my pages, he says, I want constant fantasy in order to avoid the hallucination of reality, which is a blemish on the face of art p 36 One of his characters, the Traveler, functions exclusively as the extinguisher of the hallucination that menaces the story with realism The only frustration or abortion of a character in the novel is that he appears to live p 35 At his least interesting, Fern ndez is programmatic in his anti realism There is a reader with whom I cannot reconcile myself, he says in a prologue about the doctrine of art the reader who wants what all novelists have coveted, to their shame Hallucination p 32 Most of the time, Fern ndez s paradoxes of realism and anti realism are inventive and labyrinthine enough to keep me amused, if not really engaged But none of this is what kept me reading and re reading The Museum of Eterna s Novel.2 The mood, the feeling of the novel What ends up mattering is the emerging sense of the implied author and the moods that seem to have impelled him At first it appears the dominating aesthetics of the book may be early twentieth century idealism and aestheticism At the end of the book, the President speaks of Ugliness s long reign in Buenos Aires, and how he wanted to abolish civil ugliness p 236 It s true the book bears the stamp of its time, and even as the translator says uses archaic language in places But there s to it than that Throughout the book characters speak of their distances from one another, and the story turns on people coming together in a frail and unrepeatable gathering, and going apart again in separate journeys The President invites each of them to choose a path that would take them farthest from the others, so as to assure, at least, that no one had to experience in another that other farewell, death p 231 I think it is central to Fern ndez s imagination that the sight of death, and ultimately anything faintly like it, has to be kept away Here the President is a novelist, imagining a world in which characters can be moved around in such a way that they suffer and die alone, offstage, as far away in their own worlds as possible There is an amazing short essay on suicide, about a character named Suicide it begins in such an abstract way that Fern ndez apologizes and starts again It must have been a difficult couple of pages for him to write, because it tries so hard to think away the experience p 171 And why does Fern ndez want to be a character Partly because he feels that if he has not experienced love, or when he does not experience love, his only hope of happiness is to be fictional p 229 A character is not just a way of juggling the real and the imaginary, or playing with novelistic conventions It is a way of existing as a trace, in a trance She is exquisite, he writes, no one can tell the difference between seeing her and thinking of her p 143 A character can feel nothing, but be read A reader is moved by such a character p 130 For the character, such an existence is enviable it is like living at a distance from yourself and from life p 141 Ultimately the point of the anti novelistic experiments in this book is to live without pain Fern ndez says each person in the estancia was moved by this double impression I entered La Novela, and I entered the novel p 136 That is not a definition of the modern novel that s the mirroring that he hopes will save him The Museum of Eterna s Novel The First Good Novel is, in the end, not a piece of experimental fiction as much as a concerted dream of a life without pain Fern ndez was neurasthenic and exquisitely afraid of suffering, and he slowly dreamed his this book as an Eden, a museum, and in a perverse and impossible way, also a novel.


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    I felt very ambivalent for the book itself, but I am happy the book exists.Today while dealing once again with the results of my colossal irresponsibility I spent quite a bit of time thinking about what I would say here I didn t really like the book I liked some of the prologues, and bits and pieces of the novel, but as a whole the book didn t work for me I think it s a failure, a very ambitious failure Just because the book is a failure though doesn t mean that I hated it, or that I feel it should be raged against For the sake of gathering up votes it would be strategic to hate the book and hurl anger because how dare a writer create something that a I don t enjoy and b that doesn t succeed I could rage against the book, and then top off the review with claiming that anyone who does enjoy the book has something wrong with them I d get votes for doing this But it wasn t that kind of book for me This book has the potential to be maddening But, if you find a book with a hundred pages of prologues annoying, just for the sake of it s cuteness or quirkiness at having a hundred pages of prologues, well you have no reason to complain The copy on the back of the book makes it pretty clear what you are getting yourself into If you can read that and then get annoyed at the authors style, well you should really work on those critical faculties of yours Actually, if you find that that consistently you read books you don t enjoy and are constantly being let down with books then you should also have a look at your critical faculties and realize that you ve been lied to by commonsense folk sayings As opposed to what you ve been told, generally you can judge a book by its cover, and pretty accurately too Anyway, where was I I don t remember Let s just start a new train of thought.I love not like any that this book exists I love that sometime in the early part of the 20th Century some dude gave up his comfortable existence, lived in boarding homes and flophouses, and spent his life writing books that he had no interest in publishing in his lifetime I like that he helped inspire Borges, and that maybe through his example, Borges realized that the type of idea he and Macedonio shared were suited for the novel, but were better explored in the short story I love, capital el oh vee ee, LOVE, that this poor quirky lawyer turned street metaphysican wrote a novel in the first half of the 20th century that foresaw the theories of Barthes and Focault but worked out all this hip post modern type stuff while still firmly encased in a modern framework Or in other words kept all of the old time Metaphysical stuff while doing all the stuff that supposedly was only done on the grave of metaphysics Or to put it another way, this book I think shows that there is a fundamental error to the frameworks of post structuralism, in respects to it s approach to literature at least, and that this novel may not be the most disciplined and rigorous way of going through all of the questions involved in the death of the author , the role of the reader, etc., etc., it does show that there is something missing from the whole po mo enterprise And this something is shown in the book s failure I can t put this exactly to words I don t know exactly what all of this means This is an interesting metaphysical book Maybe re reading the book and taking lots of notes would help me figure out exactly what I m thinking the novel is pointing to in failure I m curious to hear what David and Karen think of the book David, because I need to know exactly what I should think of the book Seriously though, I would like to see what people who aren t going to get hung up on the philosophy would think of this It is possible that they would get enjoyment out of this book, not being weighed down with the same thoughts as I was, and able to enter into the absurdist world of La Novelia and it s fifty seven to sixty prologues, depending on what you count as a prologue.


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    There s no artistic moment than the fullness of reading in the present This feat boasts or threatens of sporting 50 prologues, a series of checkpoints, a Gaza of apprehensions, anterior doors leading to further intermediary spaces, an endless qualification and interrogation of the novelistic enterprise, a Sorrentino sortie into narrative madness.or maybe it wasn t Signature bells and whistles remind the reader incessantly this is a novel, nothing but Disquisitions follow on Love and Suicide and Buenos Aires is redeemed One can t ask for much unless one prefers an arc of narrative, rounded empathetic characters and a sense of episodic closure.


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    As a reader I should not be deceived by imitations of reality or should it be limitations in which The Museum of Eterna s Novel falls ill or un realistic, neither should I question the inconsistencies, nor submit anything that corresponds with those what is supposed to be familiar I shall not fall into the illusion that there is a logical intrinsication into a literary text which explains clear imbalances into which the characters and also the author are falling, even there is a deep awareness of non existence on a metaphysical level.The First Good Novel or The Last Bad Novel has 57 prologues or 60, depending on whether one counts the post prologues, the blank pages dedicated for the readers indecision as well and open ends while the novel postpones itself pointing to a kind of interactive reader who is coming out of the novel Should I accept the fragments of this narrative in conviences I am trying The Museum of Eterna s Novel is the home of non existence, about the unseen, about the absent like the Traveler who is on a constant journey and hence not appearing as a character in the novel, even if he is there Clearly he is taking his character role seriously And although there are characters who fail to enter the narrative scene , they are certainly part of the novel and live within the boundaries of it The character who appears when the novel ends and visits in his capacity as a newbie , happy to have come out of non existence The character who has participated in other novels in the forefront and do not risk being second in the following The character as employee of the novel, with the insecurities and fears of his own dependent relationship The character called or discarded through newspaper advertisements.and lets not forget the Gentleman who does not exist.Macedonio Fernandez questions the position of the author aka proclaimed dictator of his own words and gave the novel away to a new character the reader, who has the right to discuss the authors words within the novel While the author narrator, unbalanced and cynical who does not hide from his own reader, as he himself invents make us ideal readers and not real to ensnare us in his own game In this game of self referentiality Macedonio also shares himself as his own invention, both as a writer narrator but also as a character.Under those circumstances where the characters talk to each other OK, that is not so unusual, but and refuses to act for the novel, the reader will become insecure It is needless to skip pages like in Hopscotch, but simply follow the course of the novel to fall into a lucid and irremediable fragmentation Further, the familiarity with which the author address the reader, making him me the last character of this very same novel only to be read by others who are finding themselves in the same situation Every time someone begins this novel, a new character the very same reader will be admitted as a character in the novel And every time someone finishes this novel a new co author will come up in the creation for the indispensable eternal run on course of The Museum of Eterna s Novel It remains open in this way Interactivity allows it to become an exercise that all the time can be done and re done and that discards the reader.The language, however, falls short in trying to clarify the interplay dependence between the author and the reader, and the reader as a character In the universe of Macedonio Fernandez existence is because the subject is perceived, but the subject is because others perceive it Before ones own existence others maintained the reality of their existence and one was simply not there and when one dies as Macedonio managed to do the last to die is the one who remembers the time before ones non existence and because of that there is a good chance that one didnt exist at all.Even I have said previously the language falls short in trying to clarify things, which is I assume done so for a reason, there is a strong play with language that ends up bogging the novel at almost every aspect of traditional literature Macedonio reflects on his craft, his inventions, on possible scathing comments or of course that a reader feels bored and mocks him.Everything has been written, everything has been said, everything has been done I am torn between to call it an epic failure or a literary masterpiece Both is right, both is probably wrong.


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    Have you never heard of Macedonio Fern ndez I fear that means you have not read your Borges carefully enough You have heard of him Dare I ask where The Translator s Introduction to the novel contains a paragraph that warmed my heart and is most likely to warm yours Like most people, I also came to Fern ndez through Borges, in the wistful question that ends his prose poem The Witness What will die with me when I die What pathetic or fragile form will the world lose The voice of Macedonio Fern ndez, the image of a roan horse on the vacant lot at Serrano and Charcas, a bar of sulphur in the drawer of a mahogany desk That one Borgesian reference was sufficient to lead me to Eterna.Half of this work consists of fifty odd prologues addressing different people, introducing characters, speaking on behalf of the author Here are some of the titles Salutation A home for non existence Introducing Eterna Perspective To the critics For those not expert in metaphysics Prologue of indecision This novel began by losing Nicolasa, its cook character, who resigned for the noblest of reasons.In these prologues, Fern ndez is keen on exploring what his novel is or could be, in the most avant guard sense of being For all this I believe, as Author, to have credited myself with the following novelistic specialities The Novel That BeginsThe Frustrated Novel a manufacturing defect The Novel That Went Out In The Street, with all its characters, to write itself.The Prologue Novel, whose story plays out, concealed from the reader in prologues The Novel Written by its Characters.The Inexpert Novel, which sets itself the task of killing off its characters separately, ignorant that creatures of literature always die together at the End of a reading.The Novel in StagesThe Last Bad Novel The First Good Novel The Obligatory Novel.He also focuses heavily on the reader s role The for all of us artists gifted with daydreams Reader.The often dreamed of Reader The who the authoer dreams is reading his dreams Reader.The who the art of writing wants to be real than merely real reader of dreams Reader.The only real that art recognizes reader of dreams.The less real, he who dreams the dreams of the other, and stronger in reality, since he does not lose it although they won t let him dream them but only re dream Reader.I believe I have identified the reader who addresses himself to me, and I have obtained hte proper adjectivalization of his entire being, after so much fragmentation and some false adjectives.And let s not forget the characters each category is followed by names of the characters in the novel once it starts, though I did not copy them out Real Characters Fragile Characters, owing to their vocation in life, because they believe they can be happy Nonexistent Characters with presence Perfect Character, owing to a genuine vocation for being content to be a character End of the Chapter Character Absent Chapter Character, or Absence as character Smart, theoretical Character Thwarted Character, and Candidate for Character Unknown Character the only celebrity appearing in the Novel. Awaited Character Characters by absurdity Characters rejected ab intio By the time you reach the actual beginning of the novel, you are than ready for it to begin Literally You are beyond patience, interest, or desire to read anything resembling a plot with characters You do read it, and make little of it the prologues were sensible, after all Never yet have I found the woman from whom I wanted children, except for this woman whom I love for I love you, O Eternity For I love you, O Eternity. Nietzche s Zarathustra, harking back to Diotima s speech to Socrates in Plato s Symposium.In seeking metaphysical consolation, Fern ndez independently comes across the cyclical idea that perpetuate life Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Camus and applies it to his unique set of prologues, which are designed to blend the two worlds separated by the page that of the real with that of the written Fern ndez deconstructs the concept of the reader as a continuous entity existing outside of the novel and reconstructs it as he sees fit inside the novel, back to front, randomised, discontinuous, twined with lives of his characters, beginning where they end, and ending never ever He seeks to give the reader immortality, as much as he seeks for himself the liberation from the idea of death.It s very subtle and patient work, getting quite of the self, disrupting interiors and identities In all my writing I ve only achieved eight or ten minutes in which two or three lines disrupted the stability, the unity of someone, even at times, I believe, disrupting the self sameness of the reader Nevertheless, I still believe that Literature does not exist, because it hasn t dedicated itself solely to this Effect of dis identification, the only thing that would justify its existence and that only Belarte can achieve Perhaps Painting or Dance could also attempt it.He proceeds to establish the nothingness of Time and Space.Space is unreal, the world has no magnitude, given that what we can encounter with our widest gaze, the plains and the sky, fit in our memories, that is, in an image Duration is merely the sum of the changes that must occur Two ideas taken together the general view that writing is a calcification or embalming of a particular moment in an eternal present and the idea that Fern ndez wishes to essentially entrap the reader s identity within the text yield a similar statement to that of Wittegenstein s on eternity 6.4311 If by eternity is understood not endless temporal duration but timelessness, then he lives eternally who lives in the present.Our life is endless in the way that our visual field is without limit Tractatus Logico Philosophicus Exploration of these topics is reason enough to pick up Eterna, but let me leave you with a title from Chapter XV, as a hint of the lyrical elements you may expect deliberately unpunctuated, because the book is open ended, as is Etenrity Night is the beauty in which it pleased you to dress yesterday


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    All the characters are under obligation to dream of being, which is their proper way of being, inaccessible to living people, and the only genuine stuff of Art.I like Macedonio Fernandez for sentences like this For concepts of fiction and the novel that find accord in me For a way of thinking about fiction that seems to me incisive and imaginative.Ever since I ve been an author I ve looked on in envy at the audience there is for auto accidents I sometimes dream that certain passages in the novel had such a throng of readers that they obstructed the progression of the plot, running the risk that the difficulties and catastrophes of the interior of the novel would appear in the forward, among mangled bodies.Nice, huh BUT I do not like Fernandez for his charade that this is a novel I chafe at every hint of story here, every attempt at character I could accept this book as anything it wanted to call itself, if only it would jettison those last vestiges of the old novel which is not his forte completely.Reader, I need you to breathe on this breathless page Lean in all existence is so sad.Sorry, Macedonio, I m out of breath An interesting book to dip into, and yes, I can see the seeds of Borges But I ve got enough virtual novels of my own to worry about without having to breathe life into yours.


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    The Book of all books, the set of all sets, timeless, eternal, without beginning or end That is The Museum of Eterna s Novel Is that all I have to say No, but in the future I will speak around it, for all that there is, is contained within those 238 pages, a kind of infinity that reminds one of a circle or a sphere or a hypersphere I must admit that I have not actually completed the reading of La Novela because it is impossible, for as soon as a page or chapter or section or sentence is read, one is changed by it, and so the sentence or chapter or section or page is also changed Some might ask the very real question How can all books be included in one single book somewhat reminiscent of Borges The Library of Babel how can books that came before be in this book Aha, have you noticed that humans always speak in terms of beginnings and endings, but creation knows nothing of time creation knows nothing of beginnings and endings Since I read this book, at least in the beginning stages, on a train that spent a long time sitting on the tracks for various reasons to which we poor beleaguered passengers were either not privy as in dead silence or merely lied to since as it seems to me and every day, humans only open their mouths to lie that being their favorite occupation And there was another train running parallel, a passenger train as well but composed of cars into which one could look briefly as the two trains were forever jockeying for position in this infinite race to nowhere, one could catch glimpses of stories proceeding, creating a desire to know but there was hardly any time to draw conclusions Where am I going with this The Museum of Eterna s Novel creates a desire to know the answer, a lot like life, but doesn t bother to spoon feed us with those luscious predigested baby bananas we so desperately desire What does it, or better still, what can it achieve through these methods confusion for starters but then again there are those beautiful moments of clarity when the reader feels spoken to, and those are the greatest moments in one s life or nonlife depending on whether the reader is a character in La Novela or simply an innocent bystander A Warning to prospective Readers of Eterna Once the line is crossed, there s no going back there s no escape kinda like a blackhole, but then again, there being no such thing as time, well truly the Reader must have always been in La Novela without knowing it and every book the world has ever known must be no or less than a book review of The Museum of Eterna s Novel Good Luck