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Dump This Book While You Still Can!, Dump This Book While You Still Can!, 0803213190, 0-8032-1319-0, 978-0-8032-1319-7, 9780803213197, Marcel Benabou Translated by Steven Rendall Introduction by Warren Motte, Stages, Dump This Book While You Still Can!, 0803261861, 0-8032-6186-1, 978-0-8032-6186-0, 9780803261860, Marcel Benabou Translated by Steven Rendall Introduction by Warren Motte, Stage

Dump This Book While You Still Can!
Marcel Benabou
Translated by Steven Rendall
Introduction by Warren Motte

2001. 177 pp.
$55.00 s
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2001. 177 pp.
$19.95 t

In one of the most thought-provoking and wry books by one of the most intriguing contemporary writers in French literature, readers become party to the dilemma of "challenging" literature in a singularly involving and amusing fashion.
Opening a book that has mysteriously appeared amid the clutter of his desk, the narrator finds himself exhorted not to read further, to throw the book away! Instead (but of course) he tries different strategies for approaching the book, none of which work. The narrator's tempestuous, increasingly obsessive relationship with the book he is determined to read, interwoven with the story of a real (but no less enigmatic) love affair, is, in its own challenging way, a charmed and charming, deeply provocative meditation upon reading and writing, and their inevitable discontents. Dump This Book offers a new angle on the work of this original writer and an ironic perspective on the power of reading to produce meaning.

Marcel Bénabou, author of more than a dozen books, lives in Paris and pursues his current positions as professor of ancient history at the University of Paris and as the permanent provisional secretary of Oulipo. His Jacob, Menahem, and Mimoun (Nebraska 1998) won the National Jewish Book Award for autobiography.
Steven Rendall is the author of Distinguo: Reading Montaigne Differently and has translated numerous books.
Warren Motte, a professor of French at the University of Colorado, is the translator and editor of Oulipo: A Primer of Potential Literature (Nebraska 1986) and Playtexts: Ludics in Contemporary Literature (Nebraska 1995).

"It adds up to a delightfully involving game (à la Julio Cortázar and Italo Calvino), replete with mischievous literary allusions—and, beyond that, a provocative analysis of how author and reader conspire to create the experience of perusing and inhabiting a text. Meanwhile, Rendall's witty and resourceful translation is a rare pleasure unto itself. Great fun."—Kirkus Reviews

“A little paperback with a big punch. . . . Dump This Book is one that any reader who picks it up because of the title will hold that reader until the end by the sheer force of the writer’s personality. . . . Treat yourself.”—Leonard R. N. Ashley, Chronique

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