Dublinesque by Enrique Vila-Matas
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Riba is plaintive, intelligent and unpredictable enough to demand our full attention, and his preoccupation with literature is not a gimmick or distraction; it is the whole story.
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In this novel, Enrique Vila-Matas traces a journey connecting the worlds of Joyce and Beckett, and all they symbolize.


One night, a renowned and now retired literary publisher has a vivid dream that takes place in Dublin, a city he’s never visited. The central scene of the dream is a funeral in the era of Ulysses. The publisher would give anything to know if an unidentified character in his dream is the great author he always wanted to meet, or the ghostly angel who abandoned him during childhood. As the days go by, he will come to understand that his vision of the end of an era was prophetic.


Enrique Vila-Matas traces a journey that connects the worlds of Joyce and Beckett, revealing the difficulties faced by literary authors, publishers, and good readers in a society where literature is losing influence. A robust work, Dublinesque is a masterwork of irony, humor, and erudition by one of Spain’s most celebrated living authors.

 

About Enrique Vila-Matas

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Born in Barcelona in 1948, Enrique Vila-Matas has had a long and outstanding literary career. His extraordinary oeuvre, translated into 30 languages, includes Bartlby and Co, Montano and Never Any End to Paris.
 
Published June 27, 2012 by New Directions. 257 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Rachel Nolan on Aug 31 2012

Riba is plaintive, intelligent and unpredictable enough to demand our full attention, and his preoccupation with literature is not a gimmick or distraction; it is the whole story.

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