Mac, over sixty and recently unemployed, lives on his wife’s earnings from her furniture restoration business. An avid reader, he decides at the age of sixty to keep a diary. Gather your book club for Spanish tapas and see who was paying attention with the following talking points.
Discussion points and questions:
- Mac & His Problem is a lively novel, what is it about?
- What is Mac really up to? Does he know?
- Vila-Matas references the work of other writers, such as Karl Ove Knausgaard, in this novel that is, amongst other things, about literature. What are your feelings on metafiction?
- Is Mac & His Problem the true contemporary novel for our post-truth times?
- Do you find that translated fiction has a different sensibility to English-language fiction? If so, what are those things that set them apart?
- In addition to celebrating the playfulness of literature, Mac & His Problem seems to be inseparable from its location. Would you agree? Are you booking your next holiday to Barcelona?