A writer who has no equal in the contemporary landscape of the Spanish novel.

—Roberto Bolaño

A fictional journey through the modern history of literary publishing.


Fiction by Enrique Vila-Matas

Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean Rosalind Harvey

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Enrique Vila-Matas

Spanish writer

A writer who has no equal in the contemporary landscape of the Spanish novel.

—Roberto Bolaño

Vila-Matas’s wildly original novels are all investigations of whether or not originality in fiction is still possible; every nook and cranny of literary history is explored and interrogated, the margin of every great novel frantically scribbled in.

—Morten Høi Jensen, Dublin Review of Books

[Dublinesque] is enjoyable for its madcap energy, and its ability to relish its own absurdity and make well-worn literary references feel new.


By lifting the heavy weight of the past, by setting irony against dogmatism and rigidity, Vila-Matas allows his characters, and us, to contemplate the future.

The New Yorker

The accent of Vila-Matas’s project falls on an accomplished romanticism conscious of its historicity, an artist-worship taken to maturity that concurrently absents and introduces itself into the work at every moment.

Los Angeles Review of Books

A touching account of facing down mortality with a passion and an obsession for literature.

The New York Times Book Review

It is Vila-Matas’ style of writing that distinguishes him as one of the best living authors today, and what makes Dublinesque a must read book.

The Coffin Factory

The Spanish novelist is a master of that problematic enterprise of literature: the death-defying highwire act of telling the truth through lies, of invoking reality through fiction.

The Millions

Both shocking and gratifying for the reader…Dublinesque offers the reader layer upon layer of secrets that only she is privy to, and the effect is thrilling.

Full Stop

The novel is about the death of the author in more senses than one. Funerals make a kind of art out of death, and so does Dublinesque

London Review of Books

From his latest raid into the literary jungle Vila-Matas has brought home a fine specimen of that most endangered of intellectual species, the literary publisher.

—*The Guardian *

His writing is filled with withdrawal and disappearance, and so it is withDublinesque, one of the most pleasurable and joyous novels of the year.

The Independent

Hugely entertaining, witty and informed, a pleasure to read.

The Irish Times

Vila-Matas…has no equal in the contemporary landscape of the Spanish novel.

—Roberto Bolaño