A quirky, cosmopolitan novel about life and literature by the prize-winning Spanish writer Enrique Vila-Matas, author of "Bartleby & Co."
The narrator of "Montano's Malady" is a writer named Jose who is so obsessed with literature that he finds it impossible to distinguish between real life and fictional reality. Part picaresque novel, part intimate diary, part memoir and philosophical musings, Enrique Vila-Matas has created a labyrinth in which writers as various as Cervantes, Sterne, Kafka, Musil, Bolano, Coetzee, and Sebald cross endlessly surprising paths. Trying to piece together his life of loss and pain, Jose leads the reader on an unsettling journey from European cities such as Nantes, Barcelona, Lisbon, Prague and Budapest to the Azores and the Chilean port of Valparaiso. Exquisitely witty and erudite, it confirms the opinion of Bernardo Axtaga that Vila-Matas is "the most important living Spanish writer."
About the Author
Enrique Vila-Matas was born in Barcelona in 1948. His novels have been translated into eleven languages and honored by many prestigious literary awards including the Prix Medicis Etranger. Author of Bartleby & Co., Montano s Malady, and Never Any End to Paris, he has received Europe s most prestigious awards and been translated into twenty-seven languages.
Jonathan writes black comedies and his books are the black sheep on the bookshelf. Balloon Animals was his debut novel in 2012, followed by Living Dead Lovers in 2013. The Nobody Show, Jonathan's third novel is expected late 2014. Admittedly, Jonathan has done things arse-ways most of his life, from completing a BA in Literature in his thirties to fitting teeth brackets (30's, porcelain). During this general confusion, Jonathan has written and published a variety of short stories. Jonathan realized that he had a penchant for scribbling when, as a child, he would join the items on his mother's shopping list: the carrots were soon blaming the cabbage for the murder. Jonathan suffers from photophobia though has a tendency towards fireworks. Originally from Limerick, Ireland, he now lives the reclusive life in Toledo Spain, as a bearded hermit, with his wife and two daughters. Jonathan can be found strolling the local cemetery in Toledo of a Saturday afternoon with his Vietnamese pot-belly pig.