La novela perfecta
(The Perfect Novel)

Alfaguara, 2006

Publisher's description:

A neighborhood in Brooklyn, and another in Mexico City, come face to face in the novel that gives this book its name. On Dean Street, between Fourth and Fifth Avenues, a lazy writer is about to create the perfect novel without the bother of writing it. His neighbor has just invented a strange piece of hardware that will "write" it for him. A small sensor – applied to the underside of the writer's tongue – receives all the signals emitted by his brain (sights, sounds, sensations, scents) that together constitute the novel, and records them on a drive. This enables readers to actually "read" the novel exactly as it was imagined by the writer. There´s one catch: the writer's mind tends to wander. Another idea for another novel captures his attention: New York City in the Thirties, diamonds, and a sweet, sweet Mexican actress who – like the writer – never seems able to finish what she starts. The resulting clash of narratives is hilarious, chaotic, and tragic by turns.

Excerpt:

Chapter 5 - translated from the Spanish by Samantha Schnee, @ Words Without Borders

Essays:

La escritura en el entorno cibernético, interpretación de La novela perfecta - Elizabeth Hernández Alvídrez

Reviews:

Tecnología y literatura en La novela perfecta de Carmen Boullosa, Laura R. Loustau

Novela como regalo - Cultura (PDF)

La imaginacion a la vista de todos - La nave provincia (PDF)

Press:

Afirma Boullosa que las novela genial debe ser imperfecta - El Financiero (PDF)

Carmen Boullosa juega a la antinovela - El Universal Online (PDF)

La novela perfecta refleja mis pasiones de adolescente: Boullosa - La Jornada (PDF)

Engendra Boullosa a un flojo - Reforma (PDF)

Entrevista a Carmen Boullosa presentando libro de Alfaguara - Primero Noticias (PDF)

"Sin palabras estamos perdidos" Entrevista a Carmen Boullosa - Provincia (PDF)

Lleva Carmen Boullosa "una bestia" en su imaginario - Notimex (PDF)

From Mexico City to Brooklyn: Carmen Boullosa - The Brooklyn Rail

La novela perfecta, de Carmen Boullosa - Letras Libres

 

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