Empty Words

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Pub Date: 05/21/2019

Pages: 152

Trim: 5 x 8

Publisher: Coffee House Press

Imprint: Coffee House Press

ISBN 13: 9781566895460

ISBN 10: 1566895464

Price: / $22.99 CAN$16.95

Category: FICTION / Literary

Empty Words

By Mario Levrero, Annie McDermott

Price: $16.95



About the Book

An eccentric novelist begins to keep a notebook of handwriting exercises, hoping that if he’s able to improve his penmanship, his personal character will also improve. What begins as a mere physical exercise becomes involuntarily colored by humorous reflections and tender anecdotes about living, writing, and the sense—or nonsense—of existence.

About the Book

From a legendary cult figure in Latin American literature, the story of a writer who obsessively observes his own handwriting in search of answers about his identity.


Mario Levrero was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1940 and died there in 2004. Levrero was a photographer, bookseller, comics script writer, humorist, crossword author, creator of brain games. In his later years, he directed a literary workshop. Empty Words is his first novel translated and published in English.Annie McDermott's translations from Spanish and Portuguese have appeared in Granta, The White Review, Asymptote, Two Lines and World Literature Today, among others. Her translation of The Luminous Novel by Mario Levrero is forthcoming from Coffee House Press and And Other Stories, and her co-translation of Feebleminded by Ariana Harwicz (with Carolina Orloff) is forthcoming from Charco Press.