Mac and His Problem

Intricate, erudite and practically fizzing on the page, Mac and His Problem is a masterpiece of metafiction and a testament to the power and playfulness of great literature.

Mac and His Problem

Author: Enrique Vila-Matas

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473554055

Page: 224

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Enrique Vila-Matas’s new novel is perhaps his greatest: 'playful and funny and among the best Spanish novelists' (Colm Tóibín) Mac is not writing a novel. He is writing a diary, which no one will ever read. At over sixty, and recently unemployed, Mac is a beginner, a novice, an apprentice – delighted by the themes of repetition and falsification, and humbly armed with an encyclopaedic knowledge of literature. Mac's wife, Carmen, thinks he is simply wasting his time and in danger of sliding further into depression and idleness. But Mac persists, diligently recording his daily walks through the neighbourhood. It is the hottest summer Barcelona has seen in over one hundred years. Soon, despite his best intentions (not to write a novel), Mac begins to notice that life is exhibiting strange literary overtones and imitating fragments of plot. As he sizzles in the heatwave, he becomes ever more immersed in literature – a literature haunted by death but alive with the sheer pleasure of writing. Intricate, erudite and practically fizzing on the page, Mac and His Problem is a masterpiece of metafiction and a testament to the power and playfulness of great literature.

Mac s Problem

Or is life imitating the stories? As the novel progresses, Mac becomes more adrift from reality, and both he and we become ever more immersed in literature: a literature haunted by death, but alive with the sheer pleasure of writing.

Mac s Problem

Author: Enrique Vila-Matas

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 0811227332

Page: 256

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Enrique Vila-Matas’s new novel is perhaps his greatest: “playful and funny and among the best Spanish novelists” (Colm Tóibín) Mac is currently unemployed and lives on his wife’s earnings from her furniture restoration business. An avid reader, he decides at the age of sixty to keep a diary. Mac’s wife, Carmen, a dyslexic born of dyslexic parents, thinks he is simply wasting his time and risking sliding further into depression—but Mac persists, and is determined that this diary will not turn into a novel. However, one day, he has a chance encounter with a near neighbor, a highly successful author who once wrote a collection of enigmatic, willfully obscure stories. Mac decides that, while he will not write his own stories, he will read, revise, and improve his neighbor’s, which are mostly narrated by a ventriloquist who has lost the ability to speak in different voices. As Mac embarks on this task, he finds that the stories have a strange way of imitating life. Or is life imitating the stories? As the novel progresses, Mac becomes stranger and more adrift from reality, and both he and we become ever more immersed in literature: a literature haunted by death, but alive with the sheer pleasure of writing.

The MAC Flyer

Back in MAC Operations , the pilot reported his problem to the SOF . " Sir , we
need the radar worked on . It's just like it was when we arrived yesterday . Too
weak to trust in the forecast weather . " " What ! " the SOF shot back . "
Maintenance ...

The MAC Flyer

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The Illogic of Kassel

'A writer who has no equal in the contemporary landscape of the Spanish novel' Roberto Bolaño 'Vila-Matas's work made a tremendous impression on me' Paul Auster

The Illogic of Kassel

Author: Enrique Vila-Matas

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473511429

Page: 240

View: 292

A puzzling phone call shatters a writer’s routine. An enigmatic female voice extends an invitation to take part in Documenta, the legendary contemporary art exhibition held every five years in Kassel, Germany. The writer’s mission will be to transform himself into a living art installation, by sitting down to write every morning in a Chinese restaurant on the outskirts of town. Once in Kassel, the writer is surprised to find himself overcome by good cheer. As he strolls through the city, spurred on by his spontaneous, quirky response to art, he begins to make sense of the wonders that surround him. 'A writer who has no equal in the contemporary landscape of the Spanish novel' Roberto Bolaño 'Vila-Matas's work made a tremendous impression on me' Paul Auster

Beyond These Stones

11 Another problem for Wheatley had concerned his son , Mac . The younger
Wheatley had displayed a rebellious nature in his youth as he grew up in the
1930s , and according to some parishioners , he had “ sowed a few wild oats ” to
the ...

Beyond These Stones

Author: John D. Beatty

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Page: 307

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The Responsible Manager

has not treated Mac fairly in the process , then Wendell has to admit this is his
problem , too . Wendell recounts the many chances Mac has been given and
suggests that Mac has no excuse for not knowing his performance weaknesses
and ...

The Responsible Manager

Author: Michael Rion

Publisher: Harpercollins

ISBN:

Page: 134

View: 474

Provides the practical guidelines needed to make ethical decisions in difficult situations.

Problems in Counseling

Although he had a temper , his counselor did not think that under normal
conditions he would harm anyone . Mac was referred to the school psychologist .
After administering a diagnostic battery of tests , the psychologist concluded that
Mac ' s ...

Problems in Counseling

Author: James Frederick Adams

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 164

View: 543

Managers Talk Ethics

If Wendell fires Mac , there ' s good chance his problems may be solved . That ' s
the positive side . But , on the negative side , there are a number of critical
threads waiting to tie him up . By terminating Mac , he will be acting against well ...

Managers Talk Ethics

Author: Barbara Ley Toffler

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780471542629

Page: 400

View: 991

Presents the thoughts and hard-won experiences of men and women who have had to face thorny ethical issues in their roles as managers. Shows how to be ethical and still be a success, how managers can recognize ethical situations, and how to resolve problems that involve ethical considerations. Toffler's book is not what others think ethics ``ought'' to be for managers. It is what practicing managers say it is. Its unique format ``let[s] the managers talk'' about the actual situations in which they were responsibile for decisions which had ethical consequences. All managers will be able to identify with the situations. The author has added her own introductory and concluding commentary to the interviews to help readers get the most out of it.

The Levels of Analysis Paradigm

The problem - solving techniques are severely restricted in this couple and notice
of this is made on the data sheet . The L - 1 , or ... His selection of Mrs . Mac is
directly attributable to his problems in psychosexual development . Due to the ...

The Levels of Analysis Paradigm

Author: Thomas A. Skurky

Publisher: Praeger Pub Text

ISBN:

Page: 164

View: 914

"original and excellent ideas. . . . a distinct contribution to working with couples and with members of families . . . it will be quite helpful to many marital and family therapies." Albert Ellis, President, Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy

Commercial Investment Real Estate Journal

Mac was now faced with the unpleasant prospect of Pete's estate removing itself
from the investment , leaving him in a very difficult financial situation . His
problem was compounded because his adjusted cost basis was approximately ...

Commercial Investment Real Estate Journal

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Heaven Came Down

My friend Ron is the kind of guy who is always willing to go out of his way to help .
But this time he was ... Mac . It ' s very unlikely that one midnight conversation is
going to fix a problem that has been brewing for years . How ' d it be if I meet ...

Heaven Came Down

Author: Lynn Anderson

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers

ISBN: 9780840748744

Page: 181

View: 931

Anderson provides a fresh approach to the stories of the Apostle John that serves as a model for Christians, highlighting Jesus' unique way with relationships. By adopting the same principles Jesus followed in handling everyday encounters, readers will be inspired to love like Jesus did, to Love your neighbor (and family and friends) as yourself.

Making it Happen

Mac . Robertson accepted this and his next week ' s earnings reached 62 / - . But
in the following week - end , Mac . Robertson faced his problem and realized that
as a journeyman wage - earner , he could never hope to own his own factory .

Making it Happen

Author: George Taylor

Publisher:

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Page: 274

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Irish Ecclesiastical Record

The rivals in the contest were the Ua Briain , the Ua 1 Conchobhair and the
northern house of Mac Lochlainn . The s house of Ua ... The deaths of Ua Briain (
1119 ) and Mac Lochlainn ( 1121 ) made his problem much easier . He had
already ...

Irish Ecclesiastical Record

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The Mac Laverty Collection

Find what he hears : what can you deduce about his mother's personality and the
influence she's had on Neil ? • Neil seems to be on the edge of life , but afraid to '
swim ' in it . Find evidence of : what his problem is ; his shyness ; his excuses .

The Mac Laverty Collection

Author: Bernard MacLaverty

Publisher:

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Page: 226

View: 679

Current Trends in Science Education

The specifics of his merchant ship problem are then fed into the computer 3 , 000
miles away ; within minutes the typed answers to his questions emerge from the
machine on his desk . In essence , Project MAC demonstrates the fact that within
 ...

Current Trends in Science Education

Author: James Stanley Marshall

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 115

View: 516