By Herman Melville
Bartleby, el escribiente es una de las narraciones más originales y conmovedoras de l. a. historia de los angeles 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 highway. 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 information de 1856, prefigura a Franz Kafka. Su desconcertante Protagonista es un hombre oscuro que se niega tenazmente a los angeles 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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