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Vampire in Love

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“Arguably Spain’s most significant contemporary literary figure” (Joanna Kavenna, The New Yorker)
Gathered for the first time in English, and spanning his entire career, Vampire in Love offers a selection of the Spanish master Enrique Vila-Matas’s finest short stories. An effeminate, hunchbacked barber on the verge of death falls in love with a choirboy. A fledgling writer on barbiturates visits Marguerite Duras’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. The stories in Vampire in Love, selected and brilliantly translated by the renowned translator Margaret Jull Costa, are all told with Vila-Matas’s signature erudition and wit and his provocative questioning of the interrelation of art and life.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 25, 2016 – Nearly five decades into his career, Spanish author Vila-Matas's (Bartleby & Co.) wonderful short fiction is collected for the first time in English, with 19 career-spanning tales expertly translated by Costa. These stories swerve in unexpected directions. "Torre Del Mirador" unfolds when a phone call from a desperate stranger leads the call's recipient to secretly uncover the stranger's past. "In Search of the Electrifying Double Act" concerns a once-famous actor, now overweight and unemployed, looking for a thin partner to join him in an Abbott-and-Costello-type undertaking, only to accidentally find himself dealing with a dangerous secret society when he approaches the wrong man. "They Say I Should Say Who I Am" begins as a man tries to introduce himself to an unknown audience, and deviates into a funny and detailed story concerning the man and the moment he caused a famous painter to go mad. "An Idle Soul" seems to be a simple morning conversation between a husband and wife until the narrator reveals itself to be the mosquito netting covering the couple's bed. Vila-Matas fills his fiction with forlorn characters the title story, for example, follows a depressed, hunchbacked vampire yet never have so many stories about distressed personalities been so incredibly amusing.
Vampire in Love
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Short Stories
  • Published: Sep 27, 2016
  • Publisher: New Directions
  • Seller: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
  • Print Length: 282 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 2.1
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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