Strange way of living
Extraña forma de vida
The narrator-protagonist Cyrano, nicknamed for his large nose, recounts in the first person the events of the most important day of his life, a day he spends preparing a lecture he must deliver that same evening. Although his announced topic is the mythic structure of the hero, that morning he rejects it for an altogether different topic, one he hopes will hold the interest of his wife Carmina's sister Rosita, with whom he has been having an affair for some years. Hoping if not to seduce Rosita, at least to make their last encounter memorable, Cyrano decides to speak in his double vocation as writer and spy and the similarities between the two professions.
TRANSLATION RIGHTS SALES
- France (Christian Bourgois & 10/18)
- Switzerland (Nagel & Kimche)
- Russia (Inostranka)
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.