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I bring together the conventional with the revolutionary, and this is the source of the possible originality of my proposal. What is truly important is that language and thought are not lost.

His wife assumes he will stay in his beloved Barcelona he is matass Catalan nationalist but, after a lot of hesitation, he heads off to Portugal, first to Porto, then to Lisbon and, finally to Funchal in Madeira.

Pedro M. Domene: The Last Writer

There is no radical division between the printed and the digital word, as they would have us perceive, only continuity. Familiar ghosts from Aribau Street. I try to do a great deal, and sometimes Giaje forget about some of the things that I attempt. The more rainy passages of Dublinesca touch upon it.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. At first, Mayol thinks that it must be all a joke but it is not. The broad passageway that joins fiction and reality is viahe and well-ventilated, and the air within blows about with the same natural ease with which I mix biography and invention.

The gentlemen of the order are almost all writers: He is naturally devastated and things get enriqke when his adored eldest son, tells him that he is tired of his wife and, worse, is tired of running the insurance company.

Take a look at the catalogue. I am sure that one day there will come a writer who will be the last.


Si continua navegando, consideramos que acepta su uso. This year, Andreu Jaume will be joining us. I manage his life sensibly. It is a republican order; at the moment it has yet to admit women we are unjustly labeled as sexist.

He is the father of three children, a catholic al-though not a churchgoer, a recently retired successful businessman, a tall and distinguished patriotic Catalan, a poker player and ex-politician who at the age of fourteen had to abandon school due to the Spanish Civil War. Enrique Vila-Matas Enrique Vila-Matas was born in Barcelona in and has published a large body of narrative since his first work in The writer will be alone in the world, ultimately and without a doubt, alone.

Even though this novel may not presume to be an act of vindication, is there a kind of sorrow particular to the literary publisher? This sorrow does exist; at least it does since I named it in the book. This website uses cookies to improve your experience.

He wanted to know what heroism had earned me such a distinction, and when I told him I was a writer from Barcelona, his face went blank, and he became visibly disappointed. This is fl different from his usual novels, in that it has few literary references and fewer post-modern touches. I walked into an Irish pub the other day, and the barman was French, and when he saw the red insignia he became excited, believing he found himself in the company of a distinguished fellow countryman.

Boredom, rain, sheer curtains closed up to the outside world. Can books, in general, resist the onslaught of modern times?

Enrique Vila-Matas: El viaje vertical [The Vertical Voyage]

The reason I ask is that recently there has been a lot e talk about the poet Gil de Biedma who, as you know, imbued a great deal of his work with concrete narrative elements taken from his own life. We study the proposal and accept or disapprove the nomination.


Domene conversa con Vila-Matas. At his age, Mayol seems incapable of rebuilding his life and decides to go on a journey. I like to climb the tower, because from there I can see the Irish Sea.

The Vertical Journey

The era of Gutenberg is ending. Little by little Mayol begins to feel less desperate. There is also a publisher, Malcom Otero Bila. It tells the story of Federico Mayol, a man in his seventies, who had run a successful insurance company which he has handed over to his eldest son.

The apocalyptic can be found in all civilizations, and Riba, my character, understands that the end of the world can only be dealt with at this point by means of parody. What Flaubert ended up saying was that a subject could be ordinary, lowly, degrading; but art would redeem it all. Vila-Matas and his narrator, who suddenly introduces himself and becomes a character two-thirds of the way through the book, dig deep into Federico, cleverly showing him not only as he sees himself but as his family and others see him, and comparing him to others who are struggling even more with who they are and where they are going.

What have you inherited from vilw old Vila- Matas, I mean the author previous to Exploradores del abismo ? To begin with, life. With his latest installment, Dublinescathe reader attends the most festive funeral of the Gutenberg era. To what extent are you conscious of this willful escape from reality?

In the brink of desperation he discovers himself reflecting.