Enrique Vila-Matas: Montevideo

The latest addition to my website is Enrique Vila-MatasMontevideo. Our unnamed narrator has written one novel while living in Melilla, turned to drug dealing in Paris and goes back to his writing career in Barcelona before setting off on his travels, particularly to Montevideo, where he explores a hotel, which was the subject of stories by two different Argentinian writers, concerning a hidden door. This leads on to other explorations of doors and their symbolic meaning in life and literature, including one that leads from Paris to Bogotá. However, as we would expect from Vila-Matas, we meet numerous writers, both real and fictitious, with their stories, ideas and oddities and we also learn about ambiguity in both life and literature. Yes it is something of a hodgepodge but, as usual, from Vila-Matas fascinating and learned.

2 thoughts on “Enrique Vila-Matas: Montevideo”

  1. Sounds interesting, John, as usual with Vila-Matas but also because of the Bioy Casares and Cortázar connections. I have some catching up to do with Vila-Matas so it was good to see your opinion here. Cheers.


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