Desde la ciudad nerviosa
From the Restless City | Alfaguara, 2000
From the restless city of Barcelona comes this very particular book, a selection of journalistic pieces by Enrique Vila-Matas which gives us a kaleidoscopic view of his world: a mixture of paradox and irony, literature and life.
The first of the four parts of this book can be read as a short-story collection and is followed by Â«Mastroianni-sur- MerÂ», a text published here for the very first time, in which the author writes about the connection between cinema and literature and confesses the surprising origin of his literary callingâ€“ tightly bound to Marcello Mastroianni. Â«Un tapiz que se dispara en muchas direccionesÂ» speaks about the genesis and publication of Bartleby y compaÃ±Ãa and its particular structure, and leads to a last part devoted to a selection of the most important writings on literature that have appeared in the press, both within Spain and abroad.