The No World Concerto

Spanish Literature Series
A. G. Porta
Translated by Darren Koolman

The many layers of The No World Concerto center around an old screenwriter, holed up in a shabby hotel in order to write a screenplay about his lover, a young piano prodigy who wants in turn to give up music and become a writer. From these meager elements, A. G. Porta launches an investigation of the limits of language, fiction, and the known world. Here, hazy foosball bars and empty concert halls resound with debates about Wittgenstein or the principles of Schoenberg’s compositions; characters appear who may or may not have any existence outside the screenwriter’s work; and the young pianist begins to believe she may be in contact with creatures from another dimension. Shifting effortlessly between realities, The No World Concerto is a delightful and prismatic narrative puzzle, and the first of A. G. Porta’s masterful novels to appear in the English language—finally joining those of his early writing partner Roberto Bolaño.

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Translated by Darren Koolman
Publication: Spanish Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 339
ISBN-13: 9781564788610
GTIN13: 9781564788610
Publication date: 4/1/2013
Language: eng
List price: $16.00