By (author) Enrique Vila-Matas, Translated by Rosalind Harvey, Translated by Anne McLean

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  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 20mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 31 December 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0811219615
  • ISBN 13: 9780811219617
  • Sales rank: 160,980

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One night, a renowned and now retired literary publisher has a vivid dream that takes place in Dublin, a city he s never visited. The central scene of the dream is a funeral in the era of Ulysses. The publisher would give anything to know if an unidentified character in his dream is the great author he always wanted to meet, or the ghostly angel who abandoned him during childhood. As the days go by, he will come to understand that his vision of the end of an era was prophetic. Enrique Vila-Matas traces a journey that connects the worlds of Joyce and Beckett, revealing the difficulties faced by literary authors, publishers, and good readers in a society where literature is losing influence. A robust work, Dublinesque is a masterwork of irony, humor, and erudition by one of Spain s most celebrated living authors."

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It is both shocking and gratifying for the reader. Dublinesque offers the reader layer upon layer of secrets that only she is privy to, and the effect (as it often is, when one is the sole owner of a secret) is thrilling. "