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The late Argentinean avant-gardist Bayley brings a poetic precision to the short-shorts of his first English translation. Most stories feature the urbane title character, a professor, would-be ladies' man, and sometime foil, whose philosophy is best summed up in the 110-word story, "The Charmer," which opens with "I say nothing, I think nothing..." and closes with "There is nothing but moments, a few small moments." An intellectual everyman brimming with curiosity, the doctor is frequently given to pearls of wisdom, as in "The Return": "There is no innocence where there is not love." Stories find him under waterfalls, boarding trains with highly watchable passengers, or descending mountains on his way to a date. Observations are often delightfully oblique, and the best escapades arrive unsaddled by a tidy message or punch-line surprise. Only a few stories run longer than a page; Bayley's fictions are tantalizing vignettes, amusing and often absurd, and readers will likely feel a pleasant nostalgia for the elegant humor of a bygone age. (Dec.)
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"We cannot help but throw ourselves in the footprints of Doctor Pi" -- -Enrique Molina

"There is an Argentine poetry before Bayley, and another after him" -- -Alberto Vanasco
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Clockroot Books; 1st edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566568374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566568371
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,212,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I received this as a gift and enjoyed it a lot. A suggestion of Borges, Barthelme, Calvino along with something quite different. Elliptical but grounded, it draws you into the edges of a series of stories that might even be interlocking. Maybe there's a dash of Zen koan in there, too. There is unexpected drama, given the brevity of each story. And it's funny. A wonderful surprise.
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By Mary Mary on December 15, 2010
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A charming series of oddly fascinating vignettes featuring the enigmatic Doctor Pi in a rare English translation. Whimsical and courageous, the mysterious doctor strolls placidly in and out of weird and dangerous situations, proceeding on his way, determined and unfazed. This little work introduced me to an unknown writer and made me want more.
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By Samantha Memi on March 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
When God and Edgar Bayley gaze down on Earth, both look favourably on Emily Toder and feel grateful for her translation of Doctor Pi and Other Stories. I have heard that on a sunny day He rests on a cloud and reads this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy Henry TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
Okay, possibly I'm completely off base with this, but I could not connect with this book at all. And I really wanted to! I normally love South American writers and poets (Borges, Neruda) as well as authors (Benedetti, De Barios. But this made no sense to me. I can't grasp the point.

It features short vignettes of Doctor Pi, sort of a nerdy James Bond man of mystery with a penchant for brunettes. Maybe there is some literary reference I'm missing, but I couldn't even finish this. There was no draw, no pull that made me want to learn more or see where it was headed. In fact, because of the short (a few paragraphs) sections, it was puzzling to try and see if they were linked, and if so, what that meant in terms of a story. I really didn't want to work that hard.

I may keep it around and try another time...but really, given how short the book is (maybe 1/4" thick?) there wasn't much room for it to improve if it was going to. Just not my thing, and it feels pretty good to admit it!

Thanks to Clockroot Books for the Advanced Review Copy.
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