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The Life and Memoirs of Doctor Pi: and Other Stories [Paperback]

Edgar Bayley , Emily Toder

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Book Description

Oct. 1 2010
The first English translation of a major Argentine literary figure. With an uncommon blend of elation and discretion, The Life and Memoirs of Doctor Pi takes readers on a journey of mysterious encounters, unspoken agreements, of?cial-esque errands, and romantic escapades. Doctor Pi is an unflappable, perfectly human superhero--charismatic, artful, and with an understated swagger, master of his familiar yet impossible world. With its uncanny trust that language can capture that world in all its strangeness, The Life and Memoirs of Doctor Pi is delightful, mischievous, captivating in its suggestions of deeper literary and cultural intrigues. In the life of Doctor Pi, the familiar is rendered strange, but recognizable; the anticipated act is always ful?lled, but never as expected; and though consequences do ensue, they are never foreseeable, nor repeatable, and usually not very reasonable, either. To read Doctor Pi is to set forth on an expedition like no other--impossible to turn back from, impossible not to lose oneself in.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Interlink Pub Group; Tra edition (Oct. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566568374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566568371
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 14.4 x 20 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,918,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born in 1919 in Buenos Aires, Edgar Bayley was a poet, playwright, director, translator, and essayist. He was the author of over ?fteen published works in diverse genres. Emily Toder is a poet, translator, and letterpress printer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven sent March 20 2013
By Samantha Memi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When God and Edgar Bayley gaze down on Earth, both look favourably on Emily Toder and feel grateful for her translation of Doctor Pi and Other Stories. I have heard that on a sunny day He rests on a cloud and reads this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enigma from Argentina Dec 15 2010
By Mary Mary - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A charming series of oddly fascinating vignettes featuring the enigmatic Doctor Pi in a rare English translation. Whimsical and courageous, the mysterious doctor strolls placidly in and out of weird and dangerous situations, proceeding on his way, determined and unfazed. This little work introduced me to an unknown writer and made me want more.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Life and Memoirs of Dr. Pi Dec 1 2010
By maryland reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I received this as a gift and enjoyed it a lot. A suggestion of Borges, Barthelme, Calvino along with something quite different. Elliptical but grounded, it draws you into the edges of a series of stories that might even be interlocking. Maybe there's a dash of Zen koan in there, too. There is unexpected drama, given the brevity of each story. And it's funny. A wonderful surprise.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I can't grasp it.. Jan. 30 2011
By Amy Henry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Okay, possibly I'm completely off base with this, but I could not connect with this book at all. And I really wanted to! I normally love South American writers and poets (Borges, Neruda) as well as authors (Benedetti, De Barios. But this made no sense to me. I can't grasp the point.

It features short vignettes of Doctor Pi, sort of a nerdy James Bond man of mystery with a penchant for brunettes. Maybe there is some literary reference I'm missing, but I couldn't even finish this. There was no draw, no pull that made me want to learn more or see where it was headed. In fact, because of the short (a few paragraphs) sections, it was puzzling to try and see if they were linked, and if so, what that meant in terms of a story. I really didn't want to work that hard.

I may keep it around and try another time...but really, given how short the book is (maybe 1/4" thick?) there wasn't much room for it to improve if it was going to. Just not my thing, and it feels pretty good to admit it!

Thanks to Clockroot Books for the Advanced Review Copy.

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