Montano's Malady by Enrique Vila-Matas
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A quirky, cosmopolitan novel about life and literature by the prize-winning Spanish writer Enrique Vila-Matas, author of Bartleby & Co.

The narrator of Montano's Malady is a writer named José who is so obsessed with literature that he finds it impossible to distinguish between real life and fictional reality. Part picaresque novel, part intimate diary, part memoir and philosophical musings, Enrique Vila-Matas has created a labyrinth in which writers as various as Cervantes, Sterne, Kafka, Musil, Bolaño, Coetzee, and Sebald cross endlessly surprising paths. Trying to piece together his life of loss and pain, José leads the reader on an unsettling journey from European cities such as Nantes, Barcelona, Lisbon, Prague and Budapest to the Azores and the Chilean port of Valparaiso. Exquisitely witty and erudite, it confirms the opinion of Bernardo Axtaga that Vila-Matas is "the most important living Spanish writer."
 

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 May 23, 2007 by New Directions. 192 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Montano by Enrique Vila-Matas, translated by Jonathan Dunne 326pp, Harvill Secker, £14.99 A novelist who takes himself as the principal subject of his novel is asking for it, and if he names his narrator after Renaissance statesman and essayist Michel de Montaigne, he is asking for it in a big way.

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