My Two Worlds by Sergio Chejfec

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Approaching his fiftieth birthday, the narrator in "My Two Worlds" is wandering in an unfamiliar Brazilian city, in search of a park. A walker by inclination and habit, he has decided to explore the city after attending a literary conference--he was invited following the publication of his most recent novel, although, as he has been informed via anonymous e-mail, the novel is not receiving good reviews. Initially thwarted by his inability to transpose the two-dimensional information of the map onto the impassable roads and dead-ends of the three-dimensional city, once he finds the park the narrator begins to see his own thoughts, reflections, and memories mirrored in the landscape of the park and its inhabitants.
 
Chejfec's "My Two Worlds," an extraordinary meditation on experience, writing, and space, is at once descriptively inventive and preternaturally familiar, a novel that challenges the limitations of the genre.
 

About Sergio Chejfec

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Carson has translated the work of several Spanish writers and won the 1994 Endowment Fund award from the American Literary Translators Association.
 
Published August 16, 2011 by Open Letter. 103 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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During long walks through an unfamiliar Brazilian city, where he is attending a literary conference, an Argentine novelist free-associates on the nature of writing, memory, surroundings and human interaction.

Aug 01 2011 | Read Full Review of My Two Worlds

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Lean, thoughtful, and keenly observed, the Argentinean Chejfec's first work translated into English packs a great deal of insight into 102 pages.

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His last book is not getting fantastic reviews, and he knows this because he’s also the victim of the latest days of the Internet, where you can instantly read what other people are saying about you in other countries, where people take spiteful glee in sending you links to bad news.

Aug 09 2011 | Read Full Review of My Two Worlds

Full Stop

But what if this annoying character is a demonstration of how—deep down—freedom, truth, and everything modernity promised us from transcendental experience is what’s annoying?

Aug 22 2011 | Read Full Review of My Two Worlds

The Coffin Factory

And I’m specifically referring to the ground of paths, to ground altered by humans in general, because ground in the abstract, the ground of the world, speaks different, near-incomprehensible languages.

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World Literature Today (The University of Oklahoma)

raise the curtain on a fortunate, bountiful present as an extension of a so-called living past—a past thus revealed as benign.” Indeed, it is as though the narrator is traveling through a landscape of memory, of what is both remembered and, more importantly, what cannot be remembe...

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