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Group Read 2013 > #IFFP read December 2013 ~ Dublinesque by Enrique Vila-Matas

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Bee (morgaine620) | 94 comments Mod
With December's read we visit Dublin as the title suggests somehow. This is what the blurb says: "Samuel Riba is about to turn 60. A successful publisher in Barcelona, he has edited many of his generation's most important authors. But he is increasingly prone to attacks of anxiety - inspired partly by giving up alcohol, and partly by his worries about the future of the book. Looking for distraction, he concocts a spur-of-the-moment trip to Dublin, a city he has never visited but once had a vivid dream about. Riba sets off for Dublin on the pretext that he wishes to honour James Joyce's Ulysses, and to hold, on Bloomsday, a funeral for the age of print. But as he and his friends give their orations, a mysterious figure in a mackintosh hovers in the cemetery, looking rather like Joyce's protege Samuel Beckett. Is it Beckett, or is it the writer of genius that Riba has spent his whole career trying, and failing, to find? As he ponders this, and other profound questions, he marks a death but makes some illuminating discoveries about life. Mixing fact and fiction, irony and pathos, Dublinesque is a novel of ideas that grabs at your heart. Its first English-language publication will coincide with Bloomsday 2012, a significant year for Joyce lovers in that it marks the ninetieth anniversary of the publication of Ulysses, and the year Joyce's work comes out of copyright.
Publisher: Harvill Secker"


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Bee (morgaine620) | 94 comments Mod
right guys I am sorry I neglected you in December so terribly but it was just mad and to be honest I did not enjoy the book at all and I actually stopped reading it after a chapter and that happens really very rarely. It would be nice to know if anyone of you have read it and enjoyed it. You take care guys and a very happy 2014 for all of you


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