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Adam Thirlwell: ‘Empty Words’, 19 March 2020

Empty Words 
by Mario Levrero, translated by Annie McDermott.
And Other Stories, 152 pp., £8.99, May 2019, 978 1 911508 50 2
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... the ‘free narrative act’ that is the novel’s hidden aim.This elegant translation by Annie McDermott is the first English version of Levrero’s work. Even in Spanish, he has a reputation as one of the raros – a writer at once celebrated and occluded. I first heard of him from Alejandro Zambra, the Chilean novelist, who especially admires ...

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