Enrique VILA-MATAS

Desde la ciudad nerviosa

Alfaguara, 2000

Translations

(France, Passage du Nord-Ouest, 2005); (Italy, Voland, 2008); (Portugal, Campo das Letras, 2006); (Romania, RAO)

Press

«The forty four urban chronciles collected here are read with the same pleasure as a child with a bag of sweets. Once you have read one, you cannot stop until the bag is emplty» Carles Vilches, Diari de Girona

Synopsis

(From the Restless City) 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 «Mastroianni-sur- Mer», 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 calling– tightly bound to Marcello Mastroianni. «Un tapiz que se dispara en muchas direcciones» speaks about the genesis and publication of Bartleby y compañía 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. From the Restless City is a necessary collection of essays by one of the most international contemporary Spanish writers.

(Spain, Alfaguara, 2000)