Enrique Vila-Matas (Barcelona, 1948) is one of the most prestigious and original writers in contemporary Spanish fiction. With an extensive body of work, his novels have been translated into 35 languages, garnering widespread international praise.

He is the recipient of many prestigious honors and awards such as¬†R√≥mulo Gallegos Award 2001,¬†Prix Fernando Aguirre-Libralire 2002,¬†Herralde Novel Award 2003,¬†Prix M√©dicis 2003,¬†Ennio Flaiano Award 2006,¬†Elsa Morante Literary Prize 2007,¬†Mondello Award 2009,¬†Prix Carri√®re 2010,¬†the Bottari Latt√®s Grinzane 2011,¬†Officier de l‚ÄôOrdre des Arts et des Lettres de France 2013,¬†the Formentor Prize 2014,¬†the prestigious¬†FIL Award 2015, the Catalan Culture National Award 2016, the Feronia Citt√† di Fiano Award 2017¬†and¬†the Prix Ulysse (2017). He was named Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, is a member of the tumultuous Order of Finnegan‚Äôs and is the (unknown) rector of the Unknown University of New York (McNally Jackson). Among his works one should not fail to mention:¬†Historia abreviada de la literatura port√°til¬†(Anagrama, 1985 ‚Äď Debolsillo, 2015),¬†El viajero m√°s lento¬†(Anagrama, 1992 ‚Äď Seix Barral, 2011),¬†Bartleby y compa√Ī√≠a¬†(Anagrama, 2000 ‚Äď Debolsillo, 2016),¬†El mal de Montano¬†(Anagrama, 2002 ‚Äď Debolsillo, 2013),¬†Par√≠s no se acaba nunca¬†(Anagrama, 2004 ‚Äď Seix Barral, 2013),¬†Doctor Pasavento¬†(Anagrama, 2005 ‚Äď Seix Barral, 2017),¬†Dublinesca (Seix Barral, 2010),¬†Aire de Dylan¬†(Seix Barral, 2012),¬†Kassel no invita a la l√≥gica¬†(Seix Barral, 2014) and¬†Mac y su contratiempo¬†(Seix Barral, 2017).

He has also published several works about the nature of art and creation:¬†Marienbad √Čl√©ctrique¬†(Bourgois, 2015), a short essay on the nature of art and creation for Dominique Gonzalez Foerster‚Äôs retrospective in Paris in 2015, the collection of articles¬†Imp√≥n tu suerte¬†(C√≠rculo de tiza, 2018) and, more recently,¬†Cabinet d¬īamateur, an oblique novel¬†(Whitechapel Gallery, 2019) about his experience as a curator for the London based Whitechapel Gallery.

In 2019 he published the celebrated novel Esta bruma insensata (Seix Barral, 2019) and in 2022 he returns with his best novel yet Montevideo (Seix Barral, 2022).

¬ęA Catalan writer who is arguably Spains most significant contemporary literary figure.¬Ľ ¬†Joanna Skavenna, The New Yorker


Montevideo | Seix-Barral, 2022

Esta bruma insensata

This Senseless Fog | Seix Barral, 2019

Cabinet d’amateur, an oblique novel

Cabinet d'Amateur, an Oblique Novel | Whitechapel, 2019

Impón tu suerte

Try Your Luck | Círculo de Tiza, 2018

Mac y su contratiempo

Mac's Problem | Seix Barral, 2017

Marienbad eléctrico

Marienbad Electric | Seix Barral, 2016

Kassel no invita a la lógica

Kassel Does Not Call For Logic | Seix Barral, 2014


Girl | Alfaguara Infantil, 2013

Fuera de aquí

Away From Here | Galaxia Gutenberg, 2013

Aire de Dylan

Dylan's Air | Seix Barral, 2012

Hijos sin hijos

Anagrama, 1993; PRH/DeBolsillo, 2012

Una vida absolutamente maravillosa. Ensayos selectos

An Absolutely Wonderful Life. Selected Essays | PRH/Debolsillo, 2011

El viajero m√°s lento. El arte de no terminar nada

1992; Seix Barral, 2011

Chet Baker piensa en su arte. Relatos selectos


En un lugar solitario. Narrativa 1973-1984



Dublinesque | Seix Barral, 2010; Debolsillo, 2011

Perder teorías

Seix Barral, 2010. Colección Únicos

Ella era Hemingway / No soy Auster

She was Hemingway, I’m not Auster | Alfabia, 2008

Dietario Voluble

Volatile Diary | Anagrama, 2008; PRH/DeBolsillo, 2016

Exploradores del abismo

Explorers in the Abyss | Anagrama, 2007

Doctor Pasavento + Bastian Schneider

Doctor Pasavento + Bastian Schneider | Anagrama, 2005; PRH/DeBolsillo, 2016; Seix Barral, 2017

El viento ligero en Parma

Light Wind in Parma | M√©xico, Sexto Piso, 2004 / Espa√Īa, 2008

París no se acaba nunca

Paris Never Ends | Anagrama, 2004; Seix Barral, 2013; PRH/DeBolsillo, 2014

El mal de Montano

Montano’s Malady | Anagrama, 2002; Seix Barral, 2012; PRH/DeBolsillo, 2013

Bartleby y compa√Ī√≠a

Bartleby & Co | Anagrama, 2000; Seix Barral, 2015; PRH/DeBolsillo, 2016

Desde la ciudad nerviosa

From the Restless City | Alfaguara, 2000

El viaje vertical

The Vertical Journey | Anagrama, 1999

Para acabar con los n√ļmeros redondos

In Order to End Up with Round Numbers | Pre-Textos, 1997

Extra√Īa forma de vida

Strange Way of Life | Anagrama, 1997; PRH/DeBolsillo, 2013

Lejos de Veracruz

A Long Way from Veracruz | Anagrama, 1995; PRH/DeBolsillo, 2011

Recuerdos inventados

Invented memories | Anagrama, 1994; Compactos, 2007

Suicidios ejemplares

Exemplary Suicides | Anagrama, 1991; PRH/DeBolsillo, 2015

Una casa para siempre

A House For Ever | Anagrama, 1988 / Compactos, 2002

Historia abreviada de la literatura port√°til

A Brief History of Portable Literature | Anagrama, 1985; PRH-DeBolsillo, 2015


Imposture | Anagrama, 1984

La asesina ilustrada

An Enlightened Murderess | Tusquets, 1977 / Lengua de Trapo, 1996 / Lumen, illustrated edition, 2005