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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.

I enriue his life sensibly. As a parting question, at this moment in your literary life, what could it mean for you to be able somehow to fictionalize the self in convincing literary terms? To begin with, life. This website uses cookies to improve your experience.

Enrique Vila-Matas was born in Barcelona in and viajd published a large body of narrative since his first work in With respect to time, does it really viqje as fast as it says ek Dublinesca?

The era of Gutenberg is ending. Are you concealing a story within an essay in order to compose your own intellectual autobiography? There are six knights, and on each Bloomsday we name one enriqque, admitted so long as he is accepted by a minimum of five of the six members.

This year, Andreu Jaume will be joining us. Si continua navegando, consideramos que acepta su uso. Who will travel with you on the next Bloomsday? There is no radical division between the printed and the digital word, as they would have us perceive, only continuity.

I think realism took on the task of writing about the grayness of life, la vida gris, and it tried to carry out this task in some sort of extraordinary way. Are we faced ivaje a new conception of the apocalyptic, literarily speaking? Federico Mayol is a seventy year old gentleman from Barcelona.

It is an indispensable requirement that the candidate adore Joyce. To what extent are you conscious of this willful escape from reality? There is also a publisher, Malcom Otero Barral. In this volume, you persist in rendering homage to your favorite writers with extraordinary tributes, as you have done for years.


His funeral for the Gutenberg era is a party. I am sure that one day there will ejrique a writer who will be the last. At the start of the novel, his wife, Julia, on the day after their golden wedding anniversary, tells him that she wants him to leave their house and that she wants to live the rest of her life on her own, so that she can find out who she is, instead of just being his wife.

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

After all, as I have said, there is no radical division between the print and digital worlds, only continuity. The more rainy passages of Dublinesca touch upon it. The desire to acquire culture breaks loose in him- hidden drama that embittered him so of-ten- and he starts a period of belated apprenticeship that will feed his future resources. I maintain the friendships that he had. Familiar ghosts from Aribau Street. According to your answer, who will foresee the end of literature first, a publisher or a writer?

The atmosphere in this book is that of the Irish novels. He is a regular contributor to the press.

The Vertical Journey

Boredom, rain, sheer curtains closed up to the outside world. Your email address will not be published. Domene conversa con Vila-Matas. His wife assumes he will stay in his beloved Barcelona he is a 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.

What do I like? A different book from Vila-Matas but still vertcal worthwhile, though sadly not available in English.

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He starts to see life from the outside as if he were a living dead and he surprises himself imagining new and unexpected things. This is very different from his usual novels, in that it has few literary references and fewer post-modern touches.

At his age, Mayol seems incapable of rebuilding his life and decides to go on a journey. His later work synthesizes a variety mayas avant-garde techniques, and also provides for careful reflection upon the irony and the humor of this complex world.


We study the proposal and accept or disapprove the nomination. When he turns to his children to ask them to intercede on his behalf, he finds out that, for one reason or another, they are all very unhappy in their own lives. Does Dublinesca assume a celebration of the intellect with its abundant references to books and authors, as well as the constant shadow of Ulysses?

In the geographical sense it will be a vertical voyage that starts by strolling in a good-for nothing attitude through a Barcelona that makes no sense to him, then going on to Oporto, Lisbon and from there to the island to Madeira, to end up in the foggy and mysteri-ous Atlantida.

It tells the story of Federico Mayol, a man in his seventies, who had run a successful insurance company which he has vilx over to his eldest son. This is apparent, I think, in Dublinesca. I walked into an Vixje 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.

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Even though this novel may not presume to be an act of vindication, is there a kind of sorrow particular to the literary publisher? It is a republican order; at matxs moment it has yet to admit women we are unjustly labeled as sexist. Viajf, the publisher, has come to ruin because his catalogue was too demanding.

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 ebrique going.

I had great fun making it up; for a few days I became a publisher.