Author(s): Enrique Vila-Matas
This title is shortlisted for the independent foreign fiction prize. "A writer who has no equal in the contemporary landscape of the Spanish novel". (Roberto Bolano). Samuel Riba is about to turn 60. A successful publisher in Barcelona, he is increasingly prone to attacks of anxiety and, looking for distraction, he concocts a spur-of-the-moment trip to Dublin, a city he has never visited but once dreamed about. He sets off for Dublin on the pretext of honouring James Joyce's Ulysses on Bloomsday. But as he and his friends gather in the cemetery to give their orations, a mysterious figure in a mackintosh resembling Joyce's protege Samuel Beckett hovers in the background. Is it Beckett, or is it the writer of genius that Riba has spent his whole career trying, and failing, to find?
From one of Spain's greatest writers, a witty, moving novel about art, life, death and James Joyce.
"One of the most pleasurable and joyous novels of the year" -- John Self Independent "A brilliant, funny novel; an expertly woven tapestry of literary allusions. Enrique Vila-Matas has created a masterpiece" -- Jacqueline McCarrick Times Literary Supplement "Hugely entertaining.Vila-Matas enjoyed himself writing Dublinesque, that is obvious, and the reader will also enjoy - and collaborate in - this delightful literary exercise that is clever without being knowing, lightly erudite but never pretentious" -- Eileen Battersby Irish Times "Vila Matas's novel is full of spectres, absences, near-misses. Like Becket, it is apocalypse without the drama. Dublinesque is a postmodern meditation on a high modernist text, full of cryptic crosses between fiction and reality" -- Terry Eagleton London Review of Books "An extremely clever book, an obvious affection response to Joyce, to Ulysses , to all serious literature" -- Kevin Breathnach Totally Dublin
Born in Barcelona in 1948, Enrique Vila-Matas is widely considered to be one of Spain's most important contemporary novelists, and Dublinesque has been declared his masterpiece. His extraordinary oeuvre, translated into 30 languages, includes Bartleby & Co, Montano (longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize) and Never Any End to Paris (a finalist for the Best Translated Book Award).