Eduardo Lalo’s first novel, Uselessness, is the University of Chicago Press’s free e-book for August. We follow our narrator through his romantic and intellectual awakenings in Paris, where he elevates his adopted home over the moribund one he has left behind. But as he falls in and out of love he comes to realize that as a Puerto Rican, he will always be apart. Ending the greatest romance of his life—that with the city of Paris itself—he returns to San Juan and his lifelong task to discover the use (or uselessness) of literature and writing. Enter your e-mail address HERE and click “Get E-book.” You will receive an e-mail confirmation with a link to download your free e-book.
“In this dreamy and succinct novel, Lalo takes readers on an intimate journey of companionship abroad.… Set between glowing, literary Paris, the deceptively dangerous Spanish coast, and various humble San Juan apartments, Uselessness is a novel of modern plight that’s brimming with hope and wisdom.”—Booklist
Discover Uselessness free in August.
Translated by Suzanne Jill Levine
208 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2017
The streets of Paris at night are pathways coursing with light and shadow, channels along which identity may be formed and lost, where the grand inflow of history, art, language, and thought—and of love—can both inspire and enfeeble. For the narrator of Eduardo Lalo’s Uselessness, it is a world… Read More