Montano's Malady

Montano's Malady

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The narrator of Montano's Malady is a writer 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's novel is a labyrinth in which writers as various as Cervantes, Sterne, Kafka, Robert Musil, Roberto Bolano, J. M. Coetzee, and W. G. Sebald crisscross on endlessly surprising paths. Trying to piece together his life of loss and pain, Vila-Matas gives us a look into the mind of someone struck by qliterature-sickness, q who, trying to piece together his life of loss and pain, leads the reader on an unsettling journey both through European cities and the pages of world literature.... few years ago a€” I shall think a lot about my poor mother, who wrote an essay, aquot; Theory of Budapest, aquot; which she concealed ... On June 27, 1 shall go to Budapest and once again stay at the Kakania Grand Hotel and think about my mother and ... For example, it is not true a€” I hardly need say it a€” that Rosa is a film director.

Title:Montano's Malady
Author: Enrique Vila-Matas
Publisher:New Directions Publishing - 2007

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