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Popular fiction Mac and His Problem

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Enrique Vila-Matas's new novel is perhaps his greatest: 'playful and funny and among the best Spanish novelists' (Colm Toibin)Mac is not writing a novel. He is writing a diary, which no one will ever read. At over sixty, and recently unemployed, Mac is a beginner, a novice, an apprentice - delighted by the themes of repetition and falsification, and humbly armed with an encyclopaedic knowledge of literature.

Mac's wife, Carmen, thinks he is simply wasting his time and in danger of sliding further into depression and idleness. But Mac persists, diligently recording his daily walks through the neighbourhood. It is the hottest summer Barcelona has seen in over one hundred years.

Soon, despite his best intentions (not to write a novel), Mac begins to notice that life is exhibiting strange literary overtones and imitating fragments of plot. As he sizzles in the heatwave, he becomes ever more immersed in literature - a literature haunted by death but alive with the sheer pleasure of writing. Intricate, erudite and practically fizzing on the page, Mac and His Problem is a masterpiece of metafiction and a testament to the power and playfulness of great literature.

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Series Popular fiction Title Mac and His Problem
Subject English Language English
Market Adolescent/Adult Level Fluent/native speakers
Publication Date May 2019 Authors Enrique Vila-Matas
Binding Paperback Pages 224
Size(mm) 136x215 Weight (gms) 242
ESB Code 55882 ISBN 9781787300453
Inspection Copy No Delivery Out of stock - publisher cannot give date. If very urgent, please contact us at direct@esb.co.uk
  Price £14.99

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