Biography

Enrique Vila-Matas is one of the great European storytellers. Translated into 37 languages, he has won numerous international literary prizes and been longlisted and shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

Born in 1948 in Barcelona, he lived in Paris from 1974 to 1976 in a garret rented from Marguerite Duras, and now lives in Barcelona again. He is a founding Knight of the Order of Finnegans, which meets in Dublin every year to honour James Joyce.

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  • Read more about Vampire in Love.
  • You can also read Joanna Kavenna’s 2012 essay/review on Vila-Matas’ novel Dublinesque in the New Yorker, or Scott Esposito’s 2011 interview with Vila-Matas for Paris Review.

Reviews

Paul Auster

‘Vila-Matas’s work made a tremendous impression on me. I was fascinated by his humour, the incredible knowledge he has of all kinds of literature, his compassion for writers, and his fearlessness in taking on literary subjects and making that part of what he is writing about.’

Roberto Bolaño

'A writer who has no equal in the contemporary landscape of the Spanish novel.’


The New Yorker

‘Tales of surrealist noir in which virtually anything can happen except happiness.’

Mark Brazos
The Rumpus

‘Playful, highly accessible, and beautifully translated, the stories in Vampire in Love showcase a master writer who is happy to indulge the imagination and explore the possibilities of existence.’

Lidija Haas
The Telegraph

‘Vila-Matas has found his own solution to the supposed exhaustion of possibilities in literature: a devotion to digression and lightness.’

Valerie Miles
New York Times

‘He absorbs the reader into a singular territory in which life and literature are a shared enterprise.’ Valerie Miles

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