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I maintain the friendships that he had. 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.

There is also a publisher, Malcom Otero Barral. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. At his age, Mayol seems incapable of rebuilding his life and decides to go on a journey.

A different book from Vila-Matas but still very worthwhile, though sadly not available in English. Mayol deepens into his in-ner self at the same time opening to the world.

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

What Flaubert ended up saying was that a subject could be ordinary, lowly, degrading; but art would redeem it all. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Who will travel with you on the next Bloomsday? The reason I ask is that recently there has been a lot of 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.

The era of Gutenberg is ending. Perhaps this is why we must celebrate a festive funeral for the Gutenberg era, as you maintain in Dublinesca? I had great fun making it up; for a few days I became a publisher.


I am sure that one day enriqque will come a writer who will be the last.

veryical There is no radical division between the printed and the digital word, as they would have us perceive, only continuity. In this volume, you persist in rendering homage to your favorite writers with extraordinary tributes, as you have done for years. I bring together the conventional with the revolutionary, and this is the source of the possible originality of my proposal.

Librería La Lengua Absuelta: Enrique Vila-Matas, El Viaje Vertical

During the following tragic week, Mayol looks for support among his friends but many of them are vertkcal dead. According to your answer, who will foresee the end of literature first, a publisher or a writer? 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 verticla from there to the island to Madeira, to end up in the foggy and mysteri-ous Atlantida.

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.

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. Si continua navegando, consideramos que acepta su uso.

I manage his work. He starts to see life from the outside as if he were a living dead enrrique 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.

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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. I like to climb the tower, because from there I can see the Irish Sea. Are you concealing a story within an essay in order to compose your own intellectual autobiography?


The desire to enriqie 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. Enrique Vila-Matas Enrique Vila-Matas was born in Barcelona in and has published a large body of narrative since his first work in I am his executor.

That sea lifts my spirits. Can books, in general, resist the onslaught of modern times? The atmosphere in this book is that of the Irish novels. Your email address will not be published.

The Vertical Journey

Accept Reject Read More. I think realism took on the task of writing about the grayness of life, la vida gris, and it tried to verticak out this task in some sort of extraordinary way.

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 enriqie found himself in the company of a distinguished fellow countryman. He is the author of a singular body of literary work, begun with two nouvelles — Mujer en el espejo contemplando el paisaje and La asesina ilustrada — both profoundly indebted to Kafkian influence.

The more rainy passages of Dublinesca touch upon it. His funeral for the Gutenberg era is a party.