El mal de Montano
El mal de Montano

Montano's Malady

El mal de Montano

He signs his name as Rosario Girondo, he writes a personal diary - a shy dictionary of his life - and is so consumed by literature, that he decides to transform himself in the anima of his fiction, becoming a character obsessed with deciphering the art of the personal diaries of his favourite writers, deciding to become part of a secret society of conspirators against the enemies of literature. From that moment, Rosario Girondo will write his diary as if the fate of literature depended on it. A mixture of diary and novel, of emotional journey and auto-fiction of essay and literary tapestry. El mal de Montano proposes how we may take the fight to the enemies of the well-read, as if literature were our only true chance of salvation.

SERIESNarrativas hispánicas


  • France (Christian Bourgois & 10/18)
  • Switzerland (Nagel & Kimche)
  • Italy (Feltrinelli)
  • Portugal (Teorema)
  • Greece (Kastaniotis)
  • UK (The Harvill Press)
  • USA (New Directions)
  • The Netherlands (De Bezige Bij)
  • Brazil (Cosac & Naify)
  • Slovakia (Belimex)
  • Bulgaria (Stigmati)
Enrique Vila-Matas

Enrique Vila-Matas

Enrique Vila-Matas was born in Barcelona in 1948 and has published a large body of narrative since his first work in 1973. He is a regular contributor to the press. He was awarded the Prize Ciudad de Barcelona and the prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger for Bartleby y companía. In 2001 he was given the Rómulo Gallegos Prize for El viaje vertical, the most coveted award for fiction in Latin America. El mal de Montano won the XXX Premio Herralde de Novela, the Critic's Award, in 2002, the Prix Médicis Etranger 2003 and the Premio Internazionale Ennio Flaiano.