Enrique Vila-Matas  

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Enrique Vila-Matas (born March 31 1948, in Barcelona) is a Spanish novelist. He has been awarded with the Rómulo Gallegos Prize for the novel El viaje vertical and the Prix Médicis étranger for El mal de Montano. He is considered by many critics as one of the best Spanish authors alive. Currently, two of his novels have been translated into English--Bartleby & Co. and Montano's Malady.

He is a founding member of the Order of Finnegans. Its members are obliged to venerate the novel Ulysses, James Joyce and, if possible, attend each year in Dublin on June 16, at Bloomsday, long journey that culminated, late in the afternoon, Martello Tower (beginning of the novel ), reading some excerpts from Ulysses, and after walking through Finnegans pub-Order takes its name from the bar in the neighbouring town of Dalkey.



  • Mujer en el espejo contemplando el paisaje (Tusquets, 1973).
  • La asesina ilustrada (Tusquets,1977. Lumen, 2005).
  • Al sur de los párpados (Fundamentos, 1980)
  • Nunca voy al cine (Laertes, 1982)
  • Impostura (Anagrama, 1984).
  • Historia abreviada de la literatura portátil (Anagrama, 1985).
  • Una casa para siempre (Anagrama, 1988).
  • Suicidios ejemplares (Anagrama, 1991).
  • Hijos sin hijos (Anagrama, 1993).
  • Recuerdos inventados (Anagrama, 1994).
  • Lejos de Veracruz (Anagrama, 1995).
  • Extraña forma de vida (Anagrama, 1997).
  • El viaje vertical (Anagrama, 2000).
  • Bartleby y compañía (Anagrama, 2001).
  • El mal de Montano (Anagrama, 2002).
  • París no se acaba nunca (Anagrama, 2003).
  • Doctor Pasavento (Anagrama, 2005)
  • Exploradores del abismo (Anagrama, 2007)
  • Dietario voluble (Anagrama, 2008)


  • El viajero más lento (Anagrama, 1992).
  • El traje de los domingos (Huerga&Fierro, 1995).
  • Para acabar con los números redondos (Pre-textos, 1997).
  • Desde la ciudad nerviosa (Alfaguara, 2000; aumentada 2004).
  • Extrañas notas de laboratorio (El otro, el mismo, 2003; aumentada 2007)
  • Aunque no entendamos nada (J.C.Sáez editor, 2003).
  • El viento ligero en Parma (Sexto Piso, 2004).

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