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Dublinesque | Seix Barral, 2010; Debolsillo, 2011


» Prix Jean Carrrière 2010

» International Bottari Lattes Grinzane Award 2011

» One of the best 10 books of the year 2010 in Spain according to El País and El Periódico

» Best novel of 2010, as voted by the readers of Rockdelux Magazine

» Cunhambebe Award (Brazil)

» Longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2014

In this novel, Enrique Vila-Matas traces a majestic journey across a bridge that connects the world of Joyce with that of Beckett, and what they symbolize: great literature and evidence of the difficulties faced by literary authors, pedigree publishers and in the end, good readers, to survive in a society that bounds towards stupidity. A robust work, which houses a great sense of humour. In short, literature at its finest.

One night, a prestigious and now retired literary publisher has a very vivid and real dream that takes place in Dublin, a city he's never visited. The central scene of the dream is a funeral in the era of the printing press, held in homage to Ulysses. The publisher would give anything to know if the unidentified character in his dream is the great author he always wanted to discover, or the ghostly angel who abandoned him during childhood. As the days go by, he will come to understand that his vision of the end of an era was prophetic.


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