The Museum of Eterna’s Novel by Macedonio Fernandez

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The Museum of Eterna’s Novel by Macedonio Fernandez

Written by Borges’s mentor in the 1930s, but unpublished until after Fernandez’s death, Museum is an “anti-novel,” opening with more than fifty prologues—some philosophical, some outrageous—and ending with a novel featuring characters who are aware they’re in a novel. Incredibly innovative, Macedonio deemed this The First Good Novel, a counterpart to his very conventional Last Bad Novel. A true masterpiece.

“This is an approach to storytelling that can leave the first-time reader feeling mired in its self-attentions. But that should be expected given that the novel wants to inculcate a sense of metaphysical entanglement as it explores two of the most rudimentary concerns of human life: love and death … As a work of devout humanism, this novel is conceived around the best sorts of frustrations.”–Christopher Byrd, Barnes and Noble Review

The Museum of Eterna’s Novel by Macedonio Fernandez is one of Roberto Bolano’s favorite books