Montano's Malady

Montano's Malady

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By Enrique Vila-Matas

Translated by Jonathan Dunne

ISBN: 9781628974591

Publication Date: 07/18/23

The narrator of Montano’s Malady is a writer named Jose who is so obsessed with literature that he finds it impossible to distinguish between real life and fictional reality. Part picaresque novel, part intimate diary, part memoir and philosophical musings, Enrique Vila-Matas has created a labyrinth in which writers as various as Cervantes, Sterne, Kafka, Musil, Bolaño, Coetzee, and Sebald cross endlessly surprising paths. Trying to piece together his life of loss and pain, Jose leads the reader on an unsettling journey from European cities such as Nantes, Barcelona, Lisbon, Prague and Budapest to the Azores and the Chilean port of Valparaiso. Exquisitely witty and erudite, it confirms the opinion of Bernardo Axtaga that Vila-Matas is “the most important living Spanish writer.”

 

Reviews

"One of Spain's most distinguished novelists."—Rachel Nolan, New York Times

"Vila-Matas’s excellence is an undisputed fact."—Roberto Bolaño

“Vila-Matas is one of the most celebrated writers in Europe. His work has been translated into over thirty languages. His novels, artful and experimental and mixed with a strong tradition of storytelling, are ideal for anyone who’s a fan of Paul Auster, J.M. Coetzee, or Roberto Bolaño.”—Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore

"The tremendously touching characters in Enrique Vila-Matas’s novels—who stumble from one place to the next, not really sure where they are going, but always on a quest—are so deeply comical on the one hand, and so deeply poignant on the other, that you just have to give yourself up to it because you’re in the hands of a master."—Paul Auster

“I don’t know Vila-Matas personally, nor am I planning to meet him. I prefer to read him and let his literature pervade me.”—Pedro Almódovar