Along with The Place and The City, Paris makes up the Involuntary Trilogy (involuntary in the sense that the author only realized afterwards that he had written three novels in a row with the city as a common theme.
Paris is the story of someone who returns to a city where he has perhaps never been before. His return voyage has taken three hundred centuries and what he finds is the rusty shadow of a dead time: a taxi full of cobwebs with the corpse of the driver at the wheel, a thick layer of dust covering it all, a strange encounter with Marcel, the manager of a shop where he, it seems, had once worked.
A Paris shrouded in the elusive matter of dreams and a protagonist who senses that he has come back to this city in expectation of some event which he cannot point his finger on. In a leap into the void, to meet death, the character discovers that he has wings and can fly and so can be reborn and free himself from a lost time and an absurd, useless existence.
Like Felisberto Hernández, Levrero is, above all, a writer about that which is ghostly, an alchemist who works with intimate spectres and the detritus of experience. Oliverio Coelho, Los Inrockuptibles
A legendary writer, Mario Levrero has gone from warranting consideration as an author of incontrovertible importance to that of a writer of the stature of the great names in Latin American literature: Borges, Onetti, Piglia, Aira, Fogwill. Constantino Bértolo
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