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  • Published: 16 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143788461
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

Mac and His Problem




A funny, erudite novel from one of the great European storytellers, with the process of writing and creation playfully at its heart.

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. Mac’s wife, Carmen, a dyslexic born of dyslexic parents, thinks he is simply wasting his time and risking sliding further into depression—but Mac persists, and is determined that this diary will not turn into a novel. However, one day, he has a chance encounter with a near neighbour, a highly successful author who once wrote a collection of enigmatic, wilfully obscure stories.…

  • Pub date: 16 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143788461
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the Author

Enrique Vila-Matas

Enrique Vila-Matas is widely considered to be one of Spain's most important contemporary novelists. His work has been translated into 30 languages and has won numerous international literary prizes, including the Herralde Prize, the Prix Médicis étranger and the Premio Rómulo Gallegos. Vila-Matas' books have been longlisted (Montano) and shortlisted (Dublinesque) for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and Never Any End to Paris was a finalist for the US Best Translated Book Award.

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Praise for Mac and His Problem

“Vila-Matas’s wildly original novels are all investigations of whether or not originality in fiction is still possible; every nook and cranny of literary history is explored and interrogated, the margin of every great novel frantically scribbled in.”

Morten Høi Jensen, Dublin Review of Book

“[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 and His Problem boasts an impressive architecture.”

Eric Banks, Bookforum

“Vila-Matas’s bouncy prose is the highlight of this lively ride through a writer’s mind.”

Publishers Weekly

“Diary, essay, thriller, conspiracy theory, posthumous memoir, novel—Vila-Matas uses all the materials to construct his latest metafictional fun house.”

Kirkus

“Playful and funny and among the best Spanish novelists.”

Colm Toibin

“Perhaps his best novel yet & instant bestseller in Spain: ‘Vila-Matas at his best’”

El País


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