Pdf/E–book (Nocilla Lab)

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review Nocilla Lab Nocilla Lab Read & Download ´ 4 Agustín Fernández Mallo ´ 4 Read El desastre de Chiang Mai durante un viaje a Tailandia fue la azarosa oportunidad para ue Agustín Fernández Mallo volcara en un relato tripartito sus experiencias con esa cosa tan extraña llamada Mundo Nocilla Lab es el cierre lógico y multidisciplinar del Proyecto Nocilla Una road movie autorreferencial y visionari. A Poorly Constructed Novel with Photos Drawings a Graphic Novel and a Video And Some Really Amazing SexismCaveat emptor this is not a positive review Perhaps it s true as the Paris Review says that the Nocilla trilogy has catapulted Mallo to the forefront of his generation Twitter line for the essay by Thomas Bunstead Feb 4 2019 but in that case nearly any injection of the novel with a large dose of Robert Smithson Situationism Dadaism poetry science appropriation collage and uotes and cut and paste technology often anachronistic images almost always pixelated and comic books would have done the sameFirst A some remarks on the book s use of photographs drawings a graphic novel and an associated video I read this book in connection with the writingwithimagescom project because it has so many visual elements After that some negative things B the book s construction and C its really surprising sexismThis review is of the new English translation put out by Fitzcarraldo Editions I also want to be clear that Fitzcarraldo Editions are a spectacular press and the translation here strikes me as pitch perfectA The visual elementsThis third and final volume of the Nocilla trilogy has three parts I Automatic Search Engine II Automatic Engine and III Engine Parts I think it may be truer to the reading experience to divide it in six1 Automatic Search Engine which is an 80 page run on sentence Not a single sentence as I wrote about Mathias Enard s Crossing the Zone Not incidentally both are translated in Fitzcarraldo Editions and Enard has contributed to the tidal swells of praise of the Nocilla trilogy2 Automatic Engine which is 44 numbered sections interrupted by3 Eight pages of photographs with words that have supposedly been typed on them4 The first part of Engine Parts which is set in monospace type as if it has been typed5 The second part of Engine Parts which is a self contained graphic novel6 There is also a video project named in the book in Notes and Credits two pages after the end of the novel It is on the author s website fernandezmallomegustaleercom and on Vimeo at vimeocom6897147I put it this way because these visual interruptions are important in the reading experience than the three titled parts Images are crucial in the book and yet they are extremely carelessly done To justify that I need to make three myopic criticismsA single image of a page of the narrator s notebook appears by itself on p 84 There are several other references to the notebook but no other illustrations even though there are other passages that could make good use of reproductions such as the measurements of the prison on pp 105 108 The picture in uestion is the plan of a campsite Inexplicably names of the parts of the campsite are printed not drawn on the sketch apparently readers aren t meant to ask themselves how that happenedThe Eight pages of photographs are introduced in the narrative just preceding them pp 127 29 they are pictures the narrator took and then printed out and put into his typewriter But they re clearly pictures that have been scanned and lettered in an image processing app the text is white on black and too neat to be a typewriter Again readers are not expected to be looking that closelyThe short graphic novel at the end of the book has tiny print too small to read comfortably indicating it was drawn much larger and that the reduction wasn t anticipatedThese are small points but they go to a systemic issue Fernandez Mallo expects readers to think mainly about his text and to look only carelessly and uickly at his images That is why it can make sense to divide the book in three parts despite the surprising and anomalous presence of photographs and a graphic novelB The narrativeThere s a good summary of the major parts of this book on Goodreads written by Paul Fulcher However I can t agree that the combination of elements adds up to a wonderful mix After Automatic Search Engine the 80 page run on sentence the book is exceptionally carelessly assembled Automatic Search Engine owes something to Bernhard Beckett Enard and others it s seamless and tightly recursive The following narrative of numbered sections Automatic Engine follows suit in a fragmented manner All this is ruminative self reflective and largely plotless in the manner of any number of postmodern writers including Krasznahorkai and Vila Matas who appears in the graphic novelBut the book suddenly veers aside on p 118 when it is revealed that the owner of a hotel has the same name as the author From that moment onward it reads like genre fiction Sometimes it s like detective fiction the narrator searches the hotel or crime fiction the narrator knifes his namesake or Poe the hotel become mysterious and sinister or even King roots from the other side of the Earth push up through the garden I don t mind collages of manners and influences but these are not managed allusions The pages feel improvised and they come across as a failure of imagination It takes concentration and a steady purpose to write 80 pages of continuous monologue It s relatively easy to make up new mysteries and inexplicable events every couple pages I don t think this is postmodern collage at all I think it s a lapse in energy and resources The short graphic novel isn t the fascinating turn into the visual world that it might have been it s simply pasted on The book is badly constructed and it doesn t represent our contemporary digital age which is infinitely aware of the visual and of different media C The sexismI have difficulty understanding why the reviews I ve seen don t mention the book s endemic sexism The narrator has a female companion through most of the book At one point he says she s brilliant and she says great things but she s only uoted three or four times and most of those sentences include the word fuck The narrator spends his days writing he s working on the novel we re reading but we have almost no idea what she does all day except swim and smoke When the narrator spends time with people we re told she doesn t speak We re told over and over all the way to the very end of the novel that she bought a bikini with daisies on the breasts We re told over and over that she bought new knickers every day Piles of her knickers turn up in unexpected places There must be fifty or references to themThis is head shaking endemic rooted unconscious unironic sexism If it were at all self aware in any capacity I might want to defend it What makes it disastrous is the continuous distraction of the fact that the implied author thinks all s well

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Nocilla Lab

review Nocilla Lab Nocilla Lab Read & Download ´ 4 Agustín Fernández Mallo ´ 4 Read A inuietante donde un hombre y una mujer buscan poner en marcha el Proyecto una excusa para hurgar en sus sueños y en su propia relación Un certero relato del arte de crear de escribir de imaginar El trayecto acaba en una antigua prisión en la ue un hombre se enfrenta a otro con el suspense y la tensión de un thrill. I guess many of us have had an experience a bit like the following You wake up one night in the middle of a dream The dream was a jumble of things that all seemed out of order but it made sense in a dream like way Then you manage to go back to sleep and the dream continues This time it seems a bit logical but it takes a turn towards something weird almost Kafka esue and disturbing It reaches a violent climax that jerks you awake Then you lie there dozing half asleep half awake with dream like fragments of thought flashing through your mindThis in essence is what it feels like to read Nocilla Lab And then there s a short graphic novel at the end to finish it offNocilla Lab is the third part of the Nocilla trilogy All the books can be read on their own but that is especially true of this final part which does not reuire you to read either of the first two parts one of the main characters is the author and he explains how and when he wrote the first two partsThe first part of the book Automatic Search Engine focusses on a couple a man and a woman It is an 80 page sentence in which several different episodes in their life are jumbled and trigger further thoughts in the narrator s mind It is a bit like trying to get through a maze The narrative wanders down one path but then suddenly turns off to another Sometimes it sets off into something that seems completely unrelated hits a dead end and goes back to where it was Often it gets back to a point that the reader recognises and sets off again Our protagonists seem to wander the globe preparing for their mysterious Great Project which is contained in a guitar case they carry with themIt is confusing but not as confusing as you might think I found the whole thing both mesmerising and addictive It returns to known points at just the right freuency for the reader to be able to keep some kind of orientation You feel as if you know what is happening despite the jumble and the additional side alleys etcIn the second part Automatic Engine the same couple settle down in a strange weird even hotel It would spoil things to talk about what happens but it begins to feel very much like a horror storyAt this point the page numbers stop but the book has not finished Part three is Engine Fragments The font changes the page numbers disappear and short paragraphs skitter around some progressing the main themes others seeming almost randomThen to close things there is a short graphic novel featuring Enriue Vila Matas on an oil rigSeriously what s not to likeMy personal experience of the whole trilogy has been that I loved the first part Nocilla Dream for it s dream like uality and the way it circled round a tree in the Nevada desert Part Two Nocilla Experience was in some ways of the same but somehow didn t have uite the magic of the first part for me This final part possibly my favourite is completely different and I read it with a smile on my face The language and I assume a lot of credit goes to the translator here is very poetic and even the 80 page sentence is enjoyable at a sentence level I really enjoyed the stories told as well as the way they are told I am not sure how or even if it all hangs together but I am also not at all sure that hanging together is the point The author is part scientist part poet and that is evident through the books As with a lot of poetry the purpose isn t necessarily for everything to make logical sense but to create an impression and plant things in the reader s mind Anyone who has read many of my reviews will know that this is my favourite kind of bookThis is a trilogy I would gladly read again and probably will at some point soon I can appreciate that it is not everyone s idea of fun but I loved it

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review Nocilla Lab Nocilla Lab Read & Download ´ 4 Agustín Fernández Mallo ´ 4 Read Er un hombre contra sí mismo en un final original y sorprendente Como un demiurgo disfrazado de DJ ficcional Agustín Fernández Mallo transforma cuanto encuentra a su paso en una nueva realidad la creada por su mesa de mezclas convirtiendo lo paradójico de la existencia en una verdadera poética Pura física elementa. CN fatphobiaI normally lap up experimental texts and I find texts made up of a single sentence hard to resist but what I read of this felt hollow and mostly I just skimmed it after page 50 Most of all I have to say I was massively turned off by the author s violent fatphobia Page 46 a fairly overweight woman who was sitting at a table with her husband 12 metres away from us a woman who would happily ingest all manner of fats and thereby put an end to her youth a woman who was cholesterol through and through began compulsively wafting her hands and saying for all to hear You re smoking me out You re smoking me out and it was a no smoking place but all the same this woman failed to see that she had destroyed her life to the extent that she no longer has any tolerance for other human beings she was pure exaggeration she had become the thing that resembles everything except itself humankind reduced to a personality less object the very opposite of silence or of Coca Cola or that book entitled The Music of Chance that we had read in Las Vegas while my girlfriend lay smoking in silence and made of her body the perfect combination of 70% water and 30% smoke because the fat pedant woman was ignorant of the fact that smoke and water combine to delicate effect when added together they form a perfectly homogenous mixture ignorant of the fact that 50% water and 50% fat of which her body was made would never mixand at the bottom of p 47 extinguishing her cigarette out of respect for this woman s mental illnessNow it does sound like this woman was genuinely rude but it doesn t make Mallo less of a dickhead for saying these things nor does the fact that the passage includes a tongue in cheek bit about the benefits of smoking Especially as everything in the text points to the fact that at least the novel s first section is autobiographical and a fairly accurate reflection of the author s thoughts and experiences strongly suggesting that Mallo means everything he says about the woman and by extension about all fat people humankind reduced to a personality less object In other words if this had been a fictional character s thoughts fine perhaps but these do seem to be Mallo s own thoughts And if they aren t then it should have been clearerAnd since life is finite and there are tons of great books to read out there I decided to curtail the time I was spending on this one and move on to something else maybe a different Fitzcarraldo book like Flights or This Little Art or Essayism or Tell Them of Battles all wonderful At first I was going to just remove the book from my Goodreads shelf without making much of a fuss but then it occurred to me that some may want to be warned about the above passage And so here we are I don t particularly wish to engage in a debate about the merits of my decision in the comments section


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    review Nocilla Lab Agustín Fernández Mallo ´ 4 Read characters Ø PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Agustín Fernández Mallo Everything in this world resembles something else or less so we can always find some analogiesAnd every single thing in some way are always different from the other things so we can distinguish them after allIsn’t it a paradox?it would be monstrous to happen upon something absolutely new it would be nightmarish and unbearable just as two absolutely identical beings would be and so we look for arguments to take us beyond this

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    Pdf/E–book (Nocilla Lab) Agustín Fernández Mallo ´ 4 Read Nocilla Lab originally published in 2009 is the third in a trilogy of novels from Agustín Fernández Mallo brought into English by translator Thomas Bunstead following Nocilla Dream 2006 and Nocilla Experience 2008The book is from the wonderful Fitzcarraldo Editions This is their 22nd work of fiction of which I've read 16 although two of the 'missing' ones are the first two parts of this trilogyCopyright permitted a i

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    characters Ø PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Agustín Fernández Mallo Agustín Fernández Mallo ´ 4 Read review Nocilla Lab A Poorly Constructed Novel with Photos Drawings a Graphic Novel and a Video And Some Really Amazing SexismCaveat emptor this is not a positive review Perhaps it's true as the Paris Review says that the Nocilla trilogy has catapulted Mallo to th

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    Pdf/E–book (Nocilla Lab) I guess many of us have had an experience a bit like the following You wake up one night in the middle of a dream

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    Pdf/E–book (Nocilla Lab) review Nocilla Lab An Italian restaurant – which in Italy set off a new wave of trendy experimental cooking finally opens a branch in LondonI decide to visitThe antipasto course is a Nutella sandwichFor the second I am served a Ferrero RocherThe main course – the culmination of the meal – may be brilliant and a review on Suaremeal says it is albeit by a critic well known to be biased in favour of restaurants interpreting

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    review Nocilla Lab Pdf/E–book (Nocilla Lab) 45 I gulped this down in two days enjoying it immensely Not in the mood to write a long review so in a nutshell it feels as

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    Pdf/E–book (Nocilla Lab) CN fatphobiaI normally lap up experimental texts and I find texts made up of a single sentence hard to resist but what I read of this felt hollow and mostly I just skimmed it after page 50 Most of all I have to say I was massively turned off by the author's violent fatphobia Page 46 a fairly overweight woman who was sitt

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    Pdf/E–book (Nocilla Lab) The Nocilla trilogy is strange It feels familiar in the way the internet does The first two books are told in a similar style they present abo

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    Pdf/E–book (Nocilla Lab) characters Ø PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Agustín Fernández Mallo Agustín Fernández Mallo ´ 4 Read As you can tell by the star rating I really didn't get on with this I have honestly no idea what I or anybody else is meant to get from the experience of reading this novel The narrator who is on some level the author is unlikable He is made incandescently furious by an overweight woman who complains about his girlfriend's smoking for some bizarre aesthetic reason and constantly talks about his girlfriend's phy

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    Pdf/E–book (Nocilla Lab) review Nocilla Lab If you've ever seen Denis Villeneuve's avante garde film Enemy starring Jake Gyllenhaal then you may have some idea what this novel is like Off kilter disturbing and poetic never have I read a novel which so closely resembles stepping into an avante garde film Entertaining and wildly offbeat Nocilla Lab goes in directions that no

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  • Paperback
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  • Nocilla Lab
  • Agustín Fernández Mallo
  • Spanish
  • 24 January 2018
  • 9788420422343