Mac's Problem

Enrique Vila-Matas (Author) Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)
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$16.95  $15.59
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
April 30, 2019
5.1 X 0.7 X 7.9 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

ENRIQUE VILA-MATAS was born in Barcelona. He has received countless prizes and written numerous award-winning novels, including Bartleby & Co., Montano's Malady, Never Any End to Paris, and Dublinesque
Margaret Jull Costa has been translating Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American fiction for over twenty years. She won the translator's portion of the 1997 IMPAC Award for Javier Marรญas' Heart So White and the 2006 Premio Valle-Inclรกn for her translation of the first volume of his trilogy Your Face Tomorrow: Fever and Spear.
SOPHIE HUGHES has translated numerous Spanish-language authors, including Josรฉ Revueltas and Fernanda Melchor for New Directions.


Vila-Matas seems determined to test our faith, crafting tales of surrealist noir in which virtually anything can happen except happiness.
The tremendously touching characters in Enrique Vila-Matas's novels--who stumble from one place to the next, not really sure where they are going, but always on a quest--are so deeply comical on the one hand, and so deeply poignant on the other, that you just have to give yourself up to it because you're in the hands of a master.--Paul Auster
Diary, essay, thriller, conspiracy theory, posthumous memoir, novel--Vila-Matas uses all the materials to construct his latest metafictional fun house.
Vila-Matas's bouncy prose is the highlight of this lively ride through a writer's mind.-- (02/08/2019)
[Vila-Matas] charges the various tensions in his hybridized book: the artificial nature of plot and the apparent triviality of day-to-day existence, how life imitates art and art imitates life... Mac's Problem boasts an impressive architecture.-- (04/01/2019)
Literature is a space of twinned opposing forces: danger and refuge, death and life, and regrets and longing. Enrique Vila-Matas guides us into this treacherous realm so completely that I have learned to approach his books with a mix of excitement and dread.-- (04/30/2019)