Uselessness: A Novel by Eduardo LaloUselessness: A Novel by Eduardo Lalo

Uselessness: A Novel

byEduardo Lalo

Paperback | October 11, 2017

Pricing and Purchase Info

$21.53 online 
$23.50 list price save 8%
Earn 108 plum® points
Quantity:

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Available in stores

about

The streets of Paris at night are pathways coursing with light and shadow, channels along which identity may be formed and lost, where the grand inflow of history, art, language, and thought—and of love—can both inspire and enfeeble. For the narrator of Eduardo Lalo’s Uselessness, it is a world long desired. But as this young aspiring writer discovers upon leaving his home in San Juan to study—to live and be reborn—in the city of his dreams, Paris’s twinned influences can rip you apart.

Lalo’s first novel, Uselessness is something of a bildungsroman of his own student days in Paris. But more than this, it is a literary précis of his oeuvre—of themes that obsess him still. Told in two parts, Uselessness first follows our narrator through his romantic and intellectual awakenings in Paris, where he elevates his adopted home over the moribund one he has left behind. But as he falls in and out of love he comes to realize that as a Puerto Rican, he will always be apart. Ending the greatest romance of his life—that with the city of Paris itself—he returns to San Juan. And in this new era of his life, he is forced to confront choices made, ambitions lost or unmet—to look upon lives not lived.

A tale of the travails of youthful romance and adult acceptance, of foreignness and isolation both at home and abroad, and of the stultifying power of the desire to belong—and to be moved—Uselessness is here rendered into English by the masterful translator Suzanne Jill Levine. For anyone who has been touched by the disquieting passion of Paris, Uselessness is a stirring saga.
Eduardo Lalo is a writer, essayist, artist, and photographer from Puerto Rico. He is the author of twelve books, including the Gallegos Prize–winning Simone, also published by the University of Chicago Press. Suzanne Jill Levine is a leading scholar, critic, and translator of twentieth-century Latin American literature. She is professo...
Loading
Title:Uselessness: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:October 11, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022620779X

ISBN - 13:9780226207797

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Exploring the themes of love, isolation, and intellectual maturation, Uselessness will resonate with anyone who has fallen in love with Paris and its extravagant promises of romance and fulfillment.”