The Delighted States: A Book of Novels, Romances, & Their Unknown Translators, Containing Ten Languages, Set on Four Continents, & Accompanied by Maps, Portraits, Squiggles, Illustrations, & a Variety of Helpful Indexes

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Macmillan, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 558 pages
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Having slept with a prostitute in Egypt, a young French novelist named Gustave Flaubert at last abandons sentimentality and begins to write. He influences the obscure French writer ╔douard Dujardin, who is read by James Joyce on the train to Trieste, where he will teach English to the Italian novelist Italo Svevo. Back in Paris, Joyce asks Svevo to deliver a suitcase containing notes for Ulysses, a novel that will be viscerated by the expat Gertrude Stein, whose first published story is based on one by Flaubert.áThis carousel of influence shows how translation and emigration lead to a new and true history of the novel. We devour novels in translation while believing that style does not translate. But the history of the novel is the history of style. The Delighted States attempts to solve this conundrum while mapping an imaginary country, a country of readers: the Delighted States.áThis book is a provocation, a box of tricks, a bedside travel book; it is also a work of startling intelligence and originality from one of our finest young writers.
  

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Review: The Delighted States

User Review  - Shane - Goodreads

A good reference book on key inflection points where the style of the novel evolved into new directions. There are also interesting revelations on how much is lost in translation when a book starts ... Read full review

Review: The Delighted States

User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

Updated 10-17-13 to four stars (from three), because four years later, I am still thinking about this book. Original review: Kind of like an extended essay that one would write for English class. The ... Read full review

Contents

IN BUENOS AIRES
9
Jeanne de Lamare
41
Jorge Luis Borges
79
Witold Gombrowicz
123
IN DUBLIN
177
Molly Bloom
210
IN EGYPT
296
Notes
433
Maxime du Camp
434
Acknowledgements
467
Index of Real Life
502
Catherine Morland
503
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Adam Thirlwell was born in 1978. His first novel, Politics, was translated into thirty languages. In 2003, he appeared on Granta's list of the best British novelists under forty. His second novel, The Misprint, will be published next year. He lives in London.

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