Trying to be Ernest Hemingway is never easy.
After reading A Moveable Feast, aspiring novelist Enrique Vila-Matas moves to Paris to be closer to his literary idol, Ernest Hemingway. Surrounded by the writers, artists and eccentrics of '70s Parisian café culture, he dresses in black, buys two pairs of reading glasses, and smokes a pipe like Sartre. Now, in later life, he reflects on his youth while giving a three-day lecture on irony. And he’s still convinced he looks like Hemingway.
Never Any End to Paris is a hilarious, playful novel about literature and the art of writing, and how life never quite goes to plan.
“A virtuoso balletic pas de deux of memory and imagination... There is something reminiscent in the fictional young Vila-Matas of Woody Allen... Not only does this novel glitter with sharp ideas and observations, it may just be the best book I've ever read about Paris.”
“Utterly compelling...breathtakingly accomplished... I was left satisfied, yet somehow wishing this captivating raconteur had continued indefinitely”
“By the end of it I was fully seduced by its self-portrait of the artist as a young writer... This wonderful book only reconfirms the never-ending-ness of Paris”
“Vila-Matas's touch is light and whimsical, while his allusions encompass a rogue's gallery of world literature”
“One of Spain's most inventive and enjoyable novelists”
“The most important living Spanish author”
Time Out New York
“A strikingly original book”
Cork Evening Echo
Christopher Hirst, Independent
“An ironic anti-novel about the novel: it poses serious questions about the form’s limitations in being able to capture the protean reality of memory and identity but also argues for its continuing relevance (taking its cue from writers like Barthes, Perec and Queneau who appear in its pages) as a post-modernist game of ideas, a thought-provoking jeu d’esprit.”
Oliver Dixon, Nudge