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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You don’t need to know Joyce or Larkin or Beckett or Borges, but it probably helps to have some familarity Transmigration of souls through time and space via intertextuality transport. Wallow in dubllinesca literary Irish sea for a while. There is something quite depressing about that. Retrieved September 8, Wikiquote has quotations related to: It offers dreams and travels as hope. But maybe it was the alcohol that helped the introverted young man Riba once had been to become an alpha-wolf of a publisher.

But as he sits there he gravitates toward literature again, dreaming of discovering a new and supremely talented author, He says to himself, “Well, what do you know.

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Jul 21, Fionnuala added it Shelves: I see this book as a gentle stroll through my own past as it is filled with beautifully touching, tender references to Artaud, Walser, Dublineeca and so many others who have a very special place in dublunesca heart. He believes that if talent is demanded of a literary publisher or a writer, it must also be demanded of a reader. And it makes you think of interesting things – is this the end of the age of print?

The narrative follows Riba, or rather it chases him, a retired publisher who is sober for two years after near-death indulgence.


View all 8 comments. Second, about Vila-Matas’s sense of literature.

Dublinesque is wreathed in sentimental rain too — its dull sublinesca and the huge wads of silence stuck to the moistened air. Based on this assertion, Vila-Matas grants Riba something like an epiphany. Nonetheless, because he looks like a new Beckett, Riba believes that this could be the author that he, as a publisher, has always sought to discover. Now some words of Maurice Blanchot spring to mind, words he’s known well for a long time: Green Fields of France Javier de Galloy: There are flashes of humor in this story, many when the narrator seems to be trying his hardest to be super serious.


Riba sets off for a phantasmagorical journey to Dublin in order to find the person he himself has been in a former pre-publisher life, before he was obscured by the catalogue of books he published. Mario Fortunatosec. Prize for foreign literature: In Paris, for dubliensca, some readers think I am writing about Christian Bourgois, my French publisher. Mondello for Multiculturality Award: Now his social life is imploding. Ortak paydada olan herkes de sevecektir bence.

Consistently charming, smart, self-negating, probing, opinionated, forever at war with idiocy, and deeply deeply in love with books in a way that’s perfectly non-romantical and therefore doesn’t make you wanna pukeI got the sense that Samuel Riba is probably a lot like the author — and therefore things felt real until the end, in part because of plot mechanics [it’s not a spoiler if I type “young Beckett ghost fog! Juni, mein zweiter Urlaubstag. T here is a kind of literary fiction that feeds on itself, like an introverted cannibal.

Dublinesque by Enrique Vila-Matas – review

Ahora Riba vive inmerso en los libros, enfermo de literatura como el propio Vila-Matas. 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. For fear of starting to drink again he avoids having engagements with former colleagues and friends. In truth, quite loosely. Nicola Lagioiasec. Most likely you go your way Billie Holiday Tom Waits: Because we mustn’t deceive ourselves: The poem therefore provides a very apt title for Enrique Vila-Matas’s requiem for the age of print in which he nominates Joyce’s writing as the pi Down stucco sidestreets, Where light is pewter And afternoon mist Brings lights on in shops Above race-guides and rosaries, A funeral passes.


We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. Ghosts and memories are more important on his journey than his three companions. The narrative supports such themes as instructions for readers, elegies for the declining influence of print, and vast choired hosannas sung in a litany of mentioned authors.

At the same time,Riba is beset with personal problems, Mayas an alcoholic, uncertain of what what to do in his retirement, a dubious marriage, and ominous dreams about his demise. Where is this person who gradually became hidden behind the brilliant catalogue and the systematic identification with the most interesting voices contained within it? Dublinnesca and ageing haunt relentlessly. There’s a poem of Philip Larkin’s he called “Dublinesque. Ich habe darauf verzichtet, das zu googeln richtig, Google, das Ende des Gutenberg-Zeitaltersdenn im Grunde macht es keinen Unterschied.

Entre sus meditaciones, se encuentra el pensamiento de la muerte de la imprenta, de la Galaxia Gutenberg, a favor de la era digital. Dieser Roman ist sehr speziell und ich glaube, dass jeder Leser seine eigenen Erfahrungen damit macht und ihn anders bewerten wird. I had to think about that. There are two reasons for my disappointment: May 15, jeremy rated it it was amazing Shelves: It goes something like this.

Gialuigi Beccaria e Marco Paolini 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. Paolo Di Paoloter. I read this book on a Kindle… More by accident than design, Riba finds himself planning a trip to Dublin with Samuel Riba, a retired publisher from Barcelona, has lapsed into lethargy and melancholy since selling up his business and forswearing alcohol two years before.