Mac's Problem

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About the Author
Enrique Vila-Matas was born in Barcelona in 1948, and is the author of more than twenty works of fiction, including Bartleby & Co, Never Any End to Paris (about the time he spent living with Marguerite Duras and working on his first, as of yet untranslated, novel), Dublinesque, Mac's Problem (finalist for the International Man Booker), The Illogic of Kassel, and Vampire in Love. He is a Knight of the Legion of Honor from France and has won the prize city of Barcelona and the Romulo Gallegos (2001), the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger and Fernando Aguirre-Libralire (2002), the Herralde prize, the National Critics, the Prix Medicis-étranger, the prize of Critics Circle Chile (2003), the Premio Internazionale Ennio Flaiano (2006), José Manuel Lara Foundation Award 2006, the prize of the Royal Spanish Academy 2006. In September 2007 he won the literary prize Elsa Morante Scrittori del Mondo, which is awarded "to an important foreign author."

Margaret Jull Costa, who has translated Javier Marías and José Saramago, lives in England.

Sophie Hughes is a British literary translator who primarily translates from Spanish to English. She has translated more than a dozen books, including the works of José Revueltas and Enrique Vila-Matas for New Directions. She was shortlisted for the 2019 and 2020 International Booker Prize.
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)