Enrique Vila-Matas’s publisher-hero is on a mission. Dublinesque by Enrique Vila-Matas – review. A Dublin that is haunted by the ghosts of modern literature. Alberto Manguel. Fri 15 Jun Enrique Vila-Matas (born March 31, in Barcelona) is a Spanish novelist. He is the author In he has returned once more to the novel with Dublinesca, a book that deals with a publisher in crisis, as the author explains: ‘He was a.

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The complete review ‘s Review:. In Paris, for example, some readers think I am writing about Christian Bourgois, my French publisher.

Dublinesque – Enrique Vila-Matas

Open Preview See a Problem? Jun 27, Jonfaith rated it it enriqye amazing. His publishing house is defunct, his vocation near-extinct in the absence of intrepid, active readers.

Retrieved May 7, Or is it even the irish rain? As ebooks become more and more widely read, I’m concerned like many others about the future of paper-and-ink publishing and I’m hoping that there will always be incentives for publishers to continue printing quality writing. Und ganz unmerklich wird der Leser, werde ich selbst Teil dieses Romans. Here is how Eagleton puts this: After a near-fatal collapse caused by drinking, he has quit both alcohol and social life.

For me, one of the main merits of Dublinesque was the inspiration to pick up Ulysses again and tackle it properly – dublineeca first time I picked it up, I stopped half way through – I had small children then and not much quiet time to read.


In a dream similar to Larkin’s he’s inspired to visit Dublin with friends to hold a funeral on Bloomsday for the Gutenberg age in Glasnevin Cemetery where Paddy Dignam was buried in Chapter 6 of Ulysses. The narrative supports such themes as instructions for readers, elegies rublinesca the declining influence of print, and vast choired hosannas sung in a litany of mentioned authors.

Not yet sixty, his life has taken an abrupt turn with the closing of his publishing house, and he is somewhat at wits’ end; giving up drinking a few years earlier probably hasn’t helped either. Fortunately, the days of famine are not yet here, and 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. It also helps to know Philip Larkin, who wrote the poem Dublinesque, about an old Dublin prostitute who, in her last hour, is accompanied by a few co-workers along city streets.

In he did his military service in Melillawhere in the back room of a military supplies store, he wrote his first book, Mujer en el espejo contemplando el paisaje. Oder ist es gar der irische Regen? Had my enthusiasm for the book been misguided? However Vila-Matas doesn’t address the challenge of how to preserve paper-and-ink publishing in this book.

Dublinesque by Enrique Vila-Matas – review

Meanwhile, his wife has embraced Buddhism — making for two very different states of mind in the not so happy household. His publishing house is defunct, his vocation Dublinesque is a wonderful portrait of sorrow, escapist dreams and sinister returns.


But I had an amazingly precise memory of it. Wikiquote has quotations related to: View all 11 comments. Mtas 11, Lee rated it really liked it. It’s a reader’s book, a book about the fate of good literature as told from the perspective of a publisher and reader.


At least it’s the kind of read I search for. It offers fnrique and travels as hope. Behan, Joyce and Beckett for example are named for purpose while other authors are fictitious.

Green Fields of France Javier de Galloy: For fear of starting to drink again he avoids having engagements with former colleagues and friends. Now some words of Maurice Blanchot spring to mind, words he’s known well matass a long time: Transmigration of souls through time and space via intertextuality transport.

Emanuele Tononter. The novel is divided into three acts — ‘May’, ‘June’, and ‘July’ — and the highpoint is a funeral, “a requiem for the end of the Gutenberg era”, held, of course, midway through, on 16 June, Bloomsday, in Dublin: May 15, jeremy rated it it was amazing Shelves: