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A nameless narrator and his friend Alberto move through a constantly morphing continuum of dream-like situations while discussing philosophy, literature, and war. The impossible question of an enormous student in a lecture hall at an English university sets off a series of alternate paths that open before them like a fan. In taverns, boats, and plazas, the two protagonists discuss John Donne, Lawrence of Arabia, and Lenin with English students, a group of young and old women, and eight hundred drinkers, all the while being dropped from one strange place into the next. A remarkable work of refined surreal comedy. 

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ISBN-13: 9781564787057
Publisher: Deep Vellum Publishing
Publication date: 12/29/2016
Series: Argentinean Literature Series
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Pablo Katchadjian was born in Buenos Aires in 1977. He is the author of three novels—What To Do, Thanks, and Total Freedom—and a wide array of short stories, poems, and essays. His artistic collaborations include an operatic adaptation of his work alongside the composer Lucas Fagin.

Priscilla Posada is a literary translator from Spanish into English. She​ is currently working on a translation of Pablo Katchadjian's novel Thanks.​

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“If the book overflows with talent, if for moments it borders on genius . . . it’s because What To Do . . . is the great contemporary novel on the expansion of meaning, its amplification, its mutation.”

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