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    Beckett. Krasznahorkai. Bernhard, Guyotat, Pessoa, Céline etc. Your name it. Any classification imposed here really should prove to be of no avail to our consensus that some writers are frankly unclassifiable. And yet, there's the rub: a particular stylistic detail, a turn of phrase, a recognizable, irreproducible way with the words, pessimism, if you want, misanthropy, perhaps you can sometimes add even Kafka here, with his labyrinthic rigmaroles nightmares.

    But perhaps, the reason I incline to also add Paul Celan to this enumeration on names consists in that these writers, Kafka's boring, unaltered style notwithstanding, tend to do violence upon the very words they use to convey certain figures of dispossession and despondency. The disaster, the misery, the catastrophe is not happening only on the level of the content, but also on that of the form, as if, in the works of these writers, the two were inseparable.

    I am not looking for some journalistic account of a misfortune, but rather for the way this misfortune inscribes itself on the manner of the language; it leaves a mark: it stigmatizes. The language here, it is obvious and words do little justice as evidence, cannot remain the same, cannot preserve itself as a whole; it cannot be indifferent to alterations and mutations, for it is living matter, that as such suffers transformations, and is mutilated, cut to pieces, amputated, sutured back and torn apart again.

    Having said these words from above, do you know any writer that has a distinctive style in his use of language that conveys a despondent background, whether it is an internal or external one?
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    Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machado_de_Assis
    https://www.amazon.com/Stories-Brazi.../dp/1564788997
    There is pessimism, despondency and irony, commanding his own style.

    Wondering though what you do with these lists you come up with now and again. Do they stimulate you to read new books?
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    I am of the opinion that we should not perpetuate the nefarious quiproquo which inverts (and perverts) the means with the aim. I am not elaborating these lists, as you name them, for them to be, as it is used to say with a particular philosophical jargon, for-themselves, but rather I take dully attention to see that they serve me in my literary endeavors, that is, simply structural homological scriptible reading, and as a consequence they come to become in-themselves.

    P.S. I also managed to get hold of de Assis's ''Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas'', in translation, that is. I shall commence its reading quite soon.
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    Well, I hope you´ll enjoy it.
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