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What is truly important is that language and thought are not lost. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. The reason I ask is that recently there has been veertical 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.

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.

I maintain the friendships that he had. The broad passageway that joins fiction and reality is cool and well-ventilated, and the air within blows about with the same natural ease with which I mix biography and invention.

Where is Federico to go? 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. He starts to see life from the outside as if he were a living dead and he surprises himself imagining new and unexpected things.


The Vertical Journey – Editorial Anagrama

What must one do to join this Order? What do I like?

Does Dublinesca assume a celebration of the intellect with its abundant references to books and authors, as well as the constant shadow of Ulysses? This is apparent, I think, in Dublinesca. The era of Gutenberg is ending.

There is no radical division between the printed and the digital word, as they would have us perceive, only continuity. Federico Mayol is a seventy year old gentleman from Barcelona. 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.

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. 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 erique 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.

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. This is very different from his usual novels, in that it has few literary references and fewer post-modern touches.

His later work synthesizes a variety of avant-garde techniques, and also provides for careful reflection upon the irony and the humor of this complex world. Accept Reject Mwtas More. Who will travel viake you on the next Bloomsday?


I am his executor. 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? This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Enrique Vila-Matas was born in Barcelona in and has published a large body of narrative since his first work in According to your answer, who will foresee the end of literature first, a publisher or a writer?

The last publisher will come before the vvertical writer. I manage his life sensibly. To what extent are you veritcal of this willful mafas from reality? Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will enriuqe be published.

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

A celebration of the intellect? What Flaubert ended up saying was that a subject could be ordinary, lowly, degrading; but art would redeem it all. I try to do a great deal, and sometimes I forget about some of the things that I attempt. 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.

Enrique Vila-Matas Enrique Vila-Matas was born in Barcelona in and has published a large body of narrative since his first work in Little by little Mayol begins to feel less desperate.

Riba, the publisher, has come to ruin because his catalogue was too demanding. There will be a last writer; there has to be.