Herman Melville - Bartleby the Scrivener and other stories

 

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ISBN 9789626344019
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Bartleby the Scrivener (Bartleby lo scrivano), The Lightning-Rod Man and The Bell-Tower were all originally published in Putnam’s Monthly Magazine. ‘Bartleby the Scrivener’ is the best-known of the three. In it, a successful legal man tells the story of a pale, listless employee (Bartleby) who takes a route of passive resistance against the bustle and obligation of Wall Street. His stock answer – ‘I prefer not to’ – his pallid strength and his determined weakness make him an equivocal figure, and it is by no means clear who or what he represents. Is he an antihero or a weak-willed sop? A symbol of the dehumanising impact of capitalism or someone who decides to die without fuss leaving no mess behind? For some, ‘Bartleby the Scrivener’ is a precursor to the likes of Kafka or Ionesco, and both authors shared Melville’s belief that the world was an elaborate joke at the individual’s expense. Bartleby still has that ambiguous resonance, with a film of the story being made in 2001, and whatever that mysterious figure represents, it is still a sympathetic idea. Melville’s writing was of its time, though, however much its ideas may have been ahead of it. He was using the style to carry the ideas, as well as making something of a point in response to the bland, genteel manner adopted by other writers of the time who turned against the popular medium. In ‘The Lightning-Rod Man’, another nameless narrator takes on a travelling 7 salesman (of a rather curious sort) peddling lightning rods. The salesman is terrified by the thunder of the storm, and uses the fear and gullibility of his customers to get a sale. For the argumentative narrator, the salesman’s claims are just so much hogwash in the face of natural forces. Their discussion is a veiled argument about man’s ability to quell the wrath of an unpredictable God, and for Melville it seems that there is a limit to what one can and should attempt to do in the face of nature. ‘The Bell-Tower’ is in the same family as the likes of Frankenstein and other Gothic tales of man’s vanity in creating monsters that it cannot control. But Melville makes a point of saying that Bannadonna is not claiming an alchemical power or mystical command over the forces of nature. Bannadonna was a ‘practical materialist’, who believed he would be able to ‘outstrip and rule’ nature by use of the ‘vice-bench and hammer’. It is a story that predates many science-fiction tales with a similar theme, just as Moby-Dick and Bartleby the Scrivener are seen as creations with a significance beyond the lifetime of their author or their original audience. (Notes by Roy McMillan) (Unabridged) 

ContentBartleby the Scrivener and other stories
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Author:  Herman Melville
Read by:  William Roberts
Running time:  2h 38'
Copyright audio:  Naxos Audio Books
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