“Mr. Vila-Matas shows that the reasons for (and the consequences of) not writing fiction can, in a funny way, be almost as rich and complicated as fiction itself.” (The Economist
“Vila-Matas’s touch is light and whimsical, while his allusions encompass a rogue’s gallery of world literature.” (Time Out New York
“I’m reading Vila-Matas’s book like a novel, a very good novel in which the narrator gives us exhaustive information about the protagonist who happens to be himself. I don’t know him personally, nor am I planning to meet him, I prefer to read him and let his literature pervade me.” (Pedro Almodóvar
About the Author
was born in Barcelona in 1948. His novels have been translated into eleven languages and honored by many prestigious literary awards including the Prix Médicis Etranger. Author of Bartleby & Co.
, Montano’s Malady
, and Never Any End to Paris
, he has received Europe’s most prestigious awards and been translated into twenty-seven languages.Anne McLean
has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize twice, as well as the Premio Valle Inclán. She has translated the works of Javier Cercas, Julio Cortázar, Carmen Martín Gaite, Ignacio Padilla, and Evelio Rosero.