Quirky kind of wonderful.

—Margaryta Golovchenko, The Coil

“Arguably Spain’s most significant contemporary literary figure” (Joanna Kavenna, The New Yorker)

Vampire in Love

Fiction by Enrique Vila-Matas

Translated by Margaret Jull Costa

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Paperback (published September 27, 2016)

ISBN
9780811223461
Price US
16.95
Trim Size
5 x 8
Page Count
282

Ebook (published September 27, 2016)

ISBN
9780811223478

Quirky kind of wonderful.

—Margaryta Golovchenko, The Coil

Vila-Matas is one of the most celebrated writers in Europe. His work has been translated into over thirty languages. His novels, artful and experimental and mixed with a strong tradition of storytelling, are ideal for anyone who’s a fan of Paul Auster, J.M. Coetzee, or Roberto Bolaño.

—Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore

With oft-remarkable prose, wit, and more than a little playfulness, Vila-Matas’s short fiction reveals an artisan as comfortable (and as skillful) in brevity as he is in longer form. Vampire in Love ably demonstrates the wide variety of storytelling hues available on Vila-Matas’s literary palette.

—Jeremy Garber, Three Percent

Vila-Matas seems determined to test that faith, crafting tales of surrealist noir in which virtually anything can happen except happiness.

The New Yorker

Rare is a talent with supernatural ability to bring fuse genre and literary fiction, but Vila-Matas does it effortlessly. Be prepared to have your breath taken away…

—Michael Barron, The Culture Trip

He equips both with shreds of certainty, wisps of desire, then sends them spinning into a world of blurred categories, strange tempos, multiplying selves, confused identities. His are lands in which everything is contested, and where absences – whether in the form of romantic loss, thwarted hopes, memory, failure or death – are pervasive, patient, often inevitable.

—Matthew Adams, The National

These stories swerve in unexpected directions… Vila-Matas fills his fiction with forlorn characters, yet never have so many stories about distressed personalities been so incredibly amusing.

Publishers Weekly

Readers not befuddled by the twists and turns Vila-Matas packs into a few pages are likely to be enchanted by narrators who are never quite trustworthy (‘I treated other people’s memories as mine, and that is why I can now boast of having had a life’), offbeat setups, and brilliant language. Odd stories with a bite: cynical, funny, and often puzzling.

Kirkus Reviews

Vila-Matas’s excellence is an undisputed fact.

—Roberto Bolaño

The tremendously touching characters in Enrique Vila-Matas’s novels—who stumble from one place to the next, not really sure where they are going, but always on a quest—are so deeply comical on the one hand, and so deeply poignant on the other, that you just have to give yourself up to it because you’re in the hands of a master.

—Paul Auster

One of Spain’s most distinguished novelists.

—Rachel Nolan, The New York Times

With his ironic worldview and playful sense of fatality, Vila-Matas’s reputation as a writer of intellectually stimulating but accessible novels looks set to grow among English-language readers.

The Wall Street Journal