By Herman Melville
Bartleby, el escribiente es una de las narraciones más originales y conmovedoras de los angeles historia de l. a. literatura. Melville escribió este relato a mediados del siglo xix, pero por él no parece haber pasado el tiempo. Nos cuenta l. a. historia de un strange copista que trabaja en una oficina de Wall road. Un día, de repente, deja de escribir amparándose en su famosa fórmula: «Preferiría no hacerlo».
Nadie sabe de dónde viene este escribiente, prefiere no decirlo, y su futuro es incierto pues prefiere no hacer nada que altere su situación. El abogado, que es el narrador, no sabe cómo actuar ante esta rebeldía, pero al mismo tiempo se siente atraído por tan misteriosa actitud. Su compasión hacia el escribiente, un empleado que no cumple ninguna de sus órdenes, hace de este personaje un ser tan extraño como el propio Bartleby.
El libro está ilustrado por Javier Zabala, Premio Nacional de Ilustración 2005.
«Bartleby, que facts de 1856, prefigura a Franz Kafka. Su desconcertante Protagonista es un hombre oscuro que se niega tenazmente a l. a. acción. El autor no lo explica, pero nuestra imaginación lo acepta inmediatamente y no sin mucha lástima. En realidad son dos los protagonistas; el obstinado Bartleby y el narrador que se resigna a su obstinación y acaba por encariñarse con él.»
Jorge Luis Borges
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They will, at the very least, set themselves up as co-authors who compromise as much as possible his codes and intended codifications. And so the aboriginal vanishings keep reiterating. ”35 On December 12, three of Columbus’s men “heard a large band of people, all naked like those seen previously, to whom they called, and they chased after them. But the Indians took to flight. ”36 On December 13, Columbus’s men “went to the village, which was four and a half leagues to the southeast, and which they found in a very great valley.
Confronted with imperial scripts, indigenes become ghostwriters of their own conditions. introduction / 21 Through their enduring and contestatory absences, they act as coauthors with all those who seek to insert them into foreign texts and fail. When absence cannot be converted into presence, when absence cannot be controlled via incarnation, spectral challenges to colonizing narratives abound. This happens far more often than is perceived and in far more diverse fashions and moments. Even the barest traces of such authorship—aboriginal footprints in the sands—imply anteriority, autonomy, and persistent power.
At first, Columbus accepts these disembodiments as not all that unusual. He personally has witnessed a ghosted peninsula, so a ghosted archipelago lies within a reality he probably figures he can circumscribe. And he continues to claim that the absenting aborigines do not present a substantive subversion of his narrative. Thus, on December 16, 1492, he writes, I with the people that I bring with me, who are not many, go about in all these islands without danger; for I have already seen three of these sailors go ashore where there was a crowd of these Indians, 38 / columbus the haunted and all would flee without the Spaniards wanting to do harm.