Thursday, June 07, 2012


Dzyhead Sam writes, in response to my vacuous challenge:

Your question: What are the fictional (invisible) books that are bad for a reader's mental health? The Necronomicon (and other Lovecraftian creations); the manuscript in Amis's The Information...

My answer: In Never Any End to Paris, by Enrique Vila-Matas, the narrator is trying to write a book (The Lettered Assasin) that is so good it will kill anyone who reads it. But! This is actually already a book by Vila-Matas. It's called La Asesina Ilustrada, and it hasn't been translated. Maybe because he SUCCEEDED??!?


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