Vampire in Love: Stories
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|Author||Enrique Vila-Matas (Translated by Margaret Jull Costa)|
|Binding||Paperback with flaps|
|Ships By||2-3 days|
Enrique Vila-Matas is widely hailed by his peers and readers as one of the greatest writers of fiction in contemporary Spanish literature. Gathered for the first time in English, and spanning the authorâ€™s entire career, Vampire in Love offers a selection of Vila Matasâ€™s finest short stories.
A father summons his son to his deathbed to tell him that he arranged for his wifeâ€™s death. An effeminate, hunchbacked barberâ€”known to everyone as Nosferatuâ€”decides to see, one last time, the choirboy he has fallen in love with. A fledgling writer on amphetamines visits the French writer Marguerite Durasâ€™s Paris apartment and watches his dinner companion slip into the abyss. An unsuspecting man receives a mysterious phone call from a lonely ophthalmologist, visits his abandoned villa, and is privy to a secret. And a writer on vacation decidesâ€”as a way of paying tribute to the pioneering composer Erik Satieâ€”to reply to nineteen emails without reading them.
The stories in Vampire in Love, brilliantly translated by renowned translator Margaret Jull Costa, are all told with Vila-Matasâ€™s signature erudition and wit and his provocative, relentless questioning of the interrelation of art and life.
Enrique Vila-Matas, â€˜arguably Spainâ€™s most significant contemporary literary figureâ€™ (The New Yorker), was born in Barcelona in 1948. He studied law and journalism before becoming a columnist and film critic. A prolific writer with a fluidic style that frequently blurs the boundaries between fiction, essay and biography, Vila-Matasâ€™s extensive oeuvre includes novels, books of short stories and collections of essays. He has received numerous literary awards for his work in France, Italy, Chile and Spain. Vila-Matasâ€™s best-known work includes the books of short stories Forever Suicides and Children without Children, and the novels Dublinesque and Montanoâ€™s Malady.