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What must one do to join this Order? The desire to acquire culture breaks loose in him- hidden drama that embittered him so of-ten- and he starts a period of belated apprenticeship that will feed his future resources. Are we faced with a new conception of magas apocalyptic, literarily speaking? At the start of the novel, his wife, Julia, on the day after their golden wedding anniversary, tells him that she wants him to leave their house and that she wants to live the rest of her life on her own, so that she can find out who she is, instead of just being vjla wife.

The Vertical Journey – Editorial Anagrama

Take a look at the catalogue. At first, Mayol thinks that it must be all a joke but it is not. He wanted to know what heroism had earned me such a distinction, and when I told him I was a writer from Barcelona, his face went blank, and he became visibly disappointed. Domene conversa con Vila-Matas. After all, as I have said, there is no radical division between the print and digital worlds, only continuity. With respect to time, does it really pass as fast as it says in Dublinesca?

Mayol deepens into his in-ner self at the same time opening to the world.

Pedro M. Domene: The Last Writer

His funeral for the Gutenberg era is a party. I am sure that one day there will come a writer who will be the last. Can books, in general, resist the onslaught of modern times?


Accept Reject Read More. 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. Federico Mayol is a seventy year old gentleman from Barcelona. A different book from Vila-Matas but still very worthwhile, though sadly not available in English. As a parting question, at this moment in your literary life, what could it mean for you to be able somehow to fictionalize the self in convincing literary terms?

This is very different from his usual novels, in that it has few literary references and fewer post-modern touches. I like to climb the tower, because from there I can see the Irish Sea. To what extent are you conscious of this willful escape from reality? Perhaps this viaue why we must celebrate a festive funeral for the Gutenberg era, as you maintain in Dublinesca? 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.


There will be a last writer; there has to be. The apocalyptic vegtical 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. 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.

The Vertical Journey

What might Vila-Matas really make the most of in this life? I manage his work. The gentlemen of the order are almost all writers: Even though this novel may not presume to be an act of vindication, is there a kind of sorrow particular to the literary publisher?

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 family and others see him, and comparing him to others who are struggling even more with who they are and where they are going. 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 the island to Madeira, to end up in the foggy and mysteri-ous Atlantida.


Little by little Mayol begins to feel less desperate. Are you concealing a story within an essay in order to compose your own intellectual autobiography?

We study the proposal and accept or disapprove the enriue. He starts to see life from the outside as if he were a living dead and he surprises himself imagining new and unexpected things. I try to do a great deal, and sometimes I forget about some of the things that I attempt.

He is the author of a singular body of literary work, begun with two nouvelles — Mujer en el espejo contemplando el paisaje and La asesina ilustrada — both profoundly indebted to Kafkian influence. The more rainy passages of Dublinesca touch upon it.

The era of Gutenberg is ending. Ivla last publisher will come before the last writer. That sea lifts my spirits. I had great fun making it up; for a few days I became a publisher.

He is a regular contributor to the press. Enrique Vila-Matas Enrique Vila-Matas was born in Barcelona vertica and has published a large body of narrative since his first work in