The Journey by Sergio PitolThe Journey by Sergio Pitol

The Journey

bySergio PitolTranslated byGeorge Henson

Paperback | August 28, 2015

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Reading Pitol, one has the impression of being before the greatest writer in the Spanish language in our time."-Enrique Vila-MatasThe Journey features one of the world's master storytellers at work as he skillfully recounts two weeks of travel around the Soviet Union in 1986. From the first paragraph, Sergio Pitol dislocates the sense of reality, masterfully and playfully blurring the lines between fiction and fact.This adventurous story, based on the author's own travel journals, parades through some of the territories that the author lived in and traveled through (Prague, the Caucasus, Moscow, Leningrad) as he reflects on the impact of Russia's sacred literary pantheon in his life and the power that literature holds over us all.The Journey, the second work in Pitol's remarkable "Trilogy of Memory" (which Deep Vellum is publishing in its entirety), which won him the prestigious Cervantes Prize in 2005 and inspired the newest generation of Spanish-language writers, represents the perfect example of one of the world's greatest authors at the peak of his power. "Reading Pitol, one has the impression of being before the greatest writer in the Spanish language in our time."-Enrique Vila-MatasThe Journey features one of the world's master storytellers at work as he skillfully recounts two weeks of travel around the Soviet Union in 1986. From the first paragraph, Sergio Pitol dislocates the sense of reality, masterfully and playfully blurring the lines between fiction and fact.This adventurous story, based on the author's own travel journals, parades through some of the territories that the author lived in and traveled through (Prague, the Caucasus, Moscow, Leningrad) as he reflects on the impact of Russia's sacred literary pantheon in his life and the power that literature holds over us all.The Journey, the second work in Pitol's remarkable "Trilogy of Memory" (which Deep Vellum is publishing in its entirety), which won him the prestigious Cervantes Prize in 2005 and inspired the newest generation of Spanish-language writers, represents the perfect example of one of the world's greatest authors at the peak of his power. "Reading Pitol, one has the impression of being before the greatest writer in the Spanish language in our time."-Enrique Vila-MatasThe Journey features one of the world's master storytellers at work as he skillfully recounts two weeks of travel around the Soviet Union in 1986. From the first paragraph, Sergio Pitol dislocates the sense of reality, masterfully and playfully blurring the lines between fiction and fact.This adventurous story, based on the author's own travel journals, parades through some of the territories that the author lived in and traveled through (Prague, the Caucasus, Moscow, Leningrad) as he reflects on the impact of Russia's sacred literary pantheon in his life and the power that literature holds over us all.The Journey, the second work in Pitol's remarkable "Trilogy of Memory" (which Deep Vellum is publishing in its entirety), which won him the prestigious Cervantes Prize in 2005 and inspired the newest generation of Spanish-language writers, represents the perfect example of one of the world's greatest authors at the peak of his power. "
Sergio Pitol Demeneghi is one of Mexico's most acclaimed writers, born in the city of Puebla in 1933. He studied law and philosophy in Mexico City. He is renowned for his intellectual career in both the field of literary creation and translation, and is renowned for his work in the promotion of Mexican culture abroad, which he achieved...
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Title:The JourneyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.41 inPublished:August 28, 2015Publisher:Deep VellumLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1941920187

ISBN - 13:9781941920183

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-Brazos Bookstore Staff Pick: Told in intelligent and warm prose, Pitol once again shows the reader the profound importance of literature and travel in living a meaningful life. Bursting with wisdom and memories,THE JOURNEY is another unforgettable trip with a masterful guide."- "Witty, engaging, and regularly dizzying with its shifts between the real and the absurd,The Journey lives up to Pitol's reputation as one of Mexico's most intriguing writers." -World Literature Today- "Pitol is a tactful writer who masterfully handles hundreds of different subjects in a compact, novel-like form. . . . One of his great strengths is to turn from comic sentences to those of poetic resonance with a seamless and subtle finesse? .this and the preceding volume-Art of Flight-are some of the best to be published by a small press in the last few years." -Matt Pincus,Bookslut- "Sergio Pitol is not only our best active storyteller, he is also the bravest renovator of our literature."-Alvaro Enrigue, author ofSudden Death- "Pitol is probably one of Mexico's most culturally complex and composite writers. He is certainly the strangest, most unfathomable, and eccentric. . . . [His] voice . . . reverberates beyond the margins of his books."-Valeria Luiselli, author ofThe Story of My Teeth- "Pitol is unfathomable; it could almost be said that he is a literature entire of himself." -Daniel Saldana Paris, author ofAmong Strange Victims- "Reading Sergio Pitol will make any serious writer want to write-and write better. . . . In Pitol's life and his writing, neither images nor thoughts flow naturally and automatically to their logical associations. The paradox is that these two books demonstrates this incongruity and the uncertainty it creates with absolute precision." -West Camel,3:AM Magazine- "Simultaneously bewildering and fascinating. . . . To closeThe Journey, indeed, is to feel as if a dream has ended and the reader is finally returning to the real world with its harsh surfaces and clear light." -Jeffrey Zuckerman,The Quarterly Conversation- "In order to enjoyThe Journey, the second volume of revered Mexican author Sergio Pitol's idiosyncratic autobiographical trilogy, the reader must abandon expectations: of genre, of structure, of distinctions between the aesthetic 'truth' of dreams and fiction, and truth in the sense of literal accuracy. Those who take this leap will find Pitol a warm companion and an erudite guide through both his own artistic process and a compelling moment in history that has much to say to our own." -Anne Posten,Words Without Borders- "Witty, engaging, and regularly dizzying with its shifts between the real and the absurd,The Journey lives up to Pitol's reputation as one of Mexico's most intriguing writers." -World Literature Today- "One of Pitol's great strengths is to turn from comic sentences to those of poetic resonance with a seamless and subtle finesse. . . . one is empathetically drawn into the emotional malaise of conflict presented as personal confession. . . . this and the preceding volume - The Art of Flight - are some of the best to be published by a small press in the last few years." -Matt Pincus,Bookslut- "Pitol's incredible journey through Soviet Prague & Russia. A gorgeous, insight into literature, history, and a life lived through words. Sergio Pitol is one of Mexico's greatest authors." -Mark Haber, bookseller, Brazos Bookstore (Houston, Texas) oBrazos Bookstore Staff Pick: "Told in intelligent and warm prose, Pitol once again shows the reader the profound importance of literature and travel in living a meaningful life. Bursting with wisdom and memories,THE JOURNEY is another unforgettable trip with a masterful guide."o "Witty, engaging, and regularly dizzying with its shifts between the real and the absurd,The Journey lives up to Pitol'apos;s reputation as one of Mexico'apos;s most intriguing writers." - World Literature Todayo "Pitol is a tactful writer who masterfully handles hundreds of different subjects in a compact, novel-like form. . . . One of his great strengths is to turn from comic sentences to those of poetic resonance with a seamless and subtle finesse? .this and the preceding volume - Art of Flight - are some of the best to be published by a small press in the last few years." - Matt Pincus,Booksluto "Sergio Pitol is not only our best active storyteller, he is also the bravest renovator of our literature." - Alvaro Enrigue, author ofSudden Deatho "Pitol is probably one of Mexico's most culturally complex and composite writers. He is certainly the strangest, most unfathomable, and eccentric. . . . [His] voice . . . reverberates beyond the margins of his books." - Valeria Luiselli, author ofThe Story of My Teetho "Pitol is unfathomable; it could almost be said that he is a literature entire of himself." - Daniel Saldana Paris, author ofAmong Strange Victimso "Reading Sergio Pitol will make any serious writer want to write - and write better. . . . In Pitol'apos;s life and his writing, neither images nor thoughts flow naturally and automatically to their logical associations. The paradox is that these two books demonstrates this incongruity and the uncertainty it creates with absolute precision." - West Camel,3:AM Magazineo "Simultaneously bewildering and fascinating. . . . To closeThe Journey, indeed, is to feel as if a dream has ended and the reader is finally returning to the real world with its harsh surfaces and clear light." - Jeffrey Zuckerman,The Quarterly Conversationo "In order to enjoyThe Journey, the second volume of revered Mexican author Sergio Pitol'apos;s idiosyncratic autobiographical trilogy, the reader must abandon expectations: of genre, of structure, of distinctions between the aesthetic "truth" of dreams and fiction, and truth in the sense of literal accuracy. Those who take this leap will find Pitol a warm companion and an erudite guide through both his own artistic process and a compelling moment in history that has much to say to our own." - Anne Posten,Words Without Borderso "Witty, engaging, and regularly dizzying with its shifts between the real and the absurd,The Journey lives up to Pitol'apos;s reputation as one of Mexico'apos;s most intriguing writers." - World Literature Todayo "One of Pitol's great strengths is to turn from comic sentences to those of poetic resonance with a seamless and subtle finesse. . . . one is empathetically drawn into the emotional malaise of conflict presented as personal confession. . . . this and the preceding volume - The Art of Flight - are some of the best to be published by a small press in the last few years." - Matt Pincus,Booksluto "Pitol's incredible journey through Soviet Prague & Russia. A gorgeous, insight into literature, history, and a life lived through words. Sergio Pitol is one of Mexico's greatest authors." - Mark Haber, bookseller, Brazos Bookstore (Houston, Texas)"