Enrique VILA-MATAS

Barcelona, 1948

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Enrique Vila-Matas 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 Rómulo Gallegos Award 2001Prix Fernando Aguirre-Libralire 2002Herralde Novel Award 2003Prix Médicis 2003Ennio Flaiano Award 2006Elsa Morante Literary Prize 2007Mondello Award 2009Prix Carrière 2010the Bottari Lattès Grinzane 2011Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France 2013the Formentor Prize 2014, the prestigious FIL Award 2015, the Catalan Culture National Award 2016, the Feronia Città 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’s 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 portátil (Anagrama, 1985 – Debolsillo, 2015), El viajero más lento (Anagrama, 1992 – Seix Barral, 2011), Bartleby y compañía (Anagrama, 2000 – Debolsillo, 2016), El mal de Montano (Anagrama, 2002 – Debolsillo, 2013), París no se acaba nunca (Anagrama, 2004 – Seix Barral, 2013), Doctor Pasavento (Anagrama, 2005 – Seix Barral, 2017), Dublinesca(Seix Barral, 2010), Aire de Dylan (Seix Barral, 2012), Kassel no invita a la lógica (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 Éléctrique (Bourgois, 2015), a short essay on the nature of art and creation for Dominique Gonzalez Foerster’s retrospective in Paris in 2015, the collection of articles Impón tu suerte (Círculo de tiza, 2018) and, more recently, Cabinet d´amateur, an oblique novel (Whitechapel Gallery, 2019) about his experience as a curator for the London based Whitechapel Gallery.

His latest published work is the celebrated novel Esta bruma insensata (Seix Barral, 2019).

«A Catalan writer who is arguably Spain´s most significant contemporary literary figure.»
 Joanna Skavenna, The New Yorker