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When he turns to his children to ask them to intercede on his behalf, he finds out that, for one reason or another, they are all very unhappy enriqje their own lives.

Enrique Vila-Matas: El viaje vertical [The Vertical Voyage]

It tells the story of Federico Mayol, a man in his seventies, who had run a successful insurance company which he has handed over to his eldest son.

I think realism took on the task of writing about the grayness of life, la vida gris, and it tried to carry out this task in some sort of extraordinary way. The apocalyptic can be found in all civilizations, and Riba, my character, understands that the end of the world can only be dealt with at this point by means of parody. During the following tragic week, Mayol looks for support among his friends but many of them are already dead. This sorrow does exist; at least it does since I named it in the book.

Vil first, Mayol thinks that it must be vula a joke but it is not. It is a republican order; at the moment it has yet to admit women we are unjustly labeled as sexist.

Enrique Vila-Matas was born in Barcelona in and has published a large body of narrative since his first work in What must one do to join this Order? He starts to see life from the outside as if he were a living dead and he surprises himself imagining new and unexpected things. To begin with, life. His wife assumes he will stay in his beloved Barcelona he is a Catalan nationalist but, after a lot of hesitation, he heads off to Portugal, first to Porto, then to Lisbon and, finally to Funchal in Madeira.


I bring together the conventional with the revolutionary, and this is the source of the possible enique of my proposal.

A different book from Vila-Matas but still very worthwhile, though sadly not available in English. It is an indispensable requirement that the candidate adore Joyce. In the geographical sense it will be a vertical voyage that starts by strolling in a good-for nothing attitude through a Barcelona that makes no sense to him, then going on to Oporto, Lisbon and from there to enriqu island to Madeira, to end up in the foggy and mysteri-ous Atlantida.

I had great fun making it up; for a few days I became a publisher. Familiar ghosts from Aribau Street.

The Vertical Journey – Editorial Anagrama

The gentlemen of the order are almost all writers: According to your answer, who will foresee the end of literature first, a publisher or a writer?

In the brink of desperation he discovers himself reflecting. He is the author of a singular body of literary work, begun with two nouvelles — Mujer en el espejo contemplando el paisaje bertical La asesina ilustrada — both profoundly indebted to Kafkian influence.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. With respect to time, does it really pass as fast as it says in Dublinesca?

To what extent are you conscious of this willful escape from reality? The more rainy passages of Dublinesca touch upon it. Where is Federico to go? What is truly important is that language and thought are not lost. ek

I like to climb the tower, because from there I can see the Irish Sea. Si continua navegando, consideramos que acepta su uso. What have you inherited from the old Vila- Matas, I mean the author previous to Exploradores del abismo ? A celebration of the intellect? I walked into an Irish pub the other vertival, and the barman was French, and when he saw the red insignia he became excited, believing he found himself in the company of a distinguished fellow countryman.


I am sure that one day there nerique come a writer who will be the last. There are six knights, and on each Bloomsday we name one more, admitted so long as he is accepted by a minimum of five of the six members.

At his age, Mayol seems incapable of rebuilding his life and decides to go on a journey. Leave a Reply Jatas reply Your email address will not be published. There is also a publisher, Malcom Otero Barral. The era of Gutenberg is ending.

Domene conversa con Vila-Matas. There will be a last writer; there has to be. What do I like?

Librería La Lengua Absuelta: Enrique Vila-Matas, El Viaje Vertical

Take a look at the catalogue. Vfrtical books, in general, resist the onslaught of modern times? There is no radical division between the printed and the digital word, as they would have us perceive, only continuity. Accept Reject Read More. He is naturally devastated and things get worse when his adored eldest son, tells him that he is tired of his wife and, worse, is tired of running the insurance company.

Are we faced with a new conception of the apocalyptic, literarily speaking? Vila-Matas and his narrator, who suddenly introduces himself and becomes a character two-thirds of the way through the book, dig deep into Federico, cleverly showing him not only as he sees himself but as his vola and others see him, and comparing him to others who are struggling even more with who they are and where they are going.