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on 25 February 2014
There's a shockingly natural reflection of the way readers think in this very clever and experimental work of fiction.

'Dublinesque' is very post-modern and you wouldn't get much out of it if you'd never read James Joyce's 'Ulysses', but like Beckett, or some of Shakespeare's soliloquies, it feels strikingly universal. A joy to read.
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on 24 July 2014
... and I love him. Writing about publishing in the twenty-first, post-Gutenberg world is a subject laden with abstract ideas and posturing and that's partly the point, so if you can't stomach that you'd best stay away. For me, he captures a sense of our gauche and fantastical inner lives absolutely brilliantly. Also excellent on the mismatch of social roles and the impossibility of reconciling... anything, really. Vila-Matas's novels may be full of abstraction but they've got a vast, all too human reach; he's not one of those bloodless writers.
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on 24 June 2012
Sometimes one just wants to be stroked, tantalised, warmed and enchanted by a twinkling original - here is one's chance. Treat yourself to a delicious diversion with deep rewards.
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on 13 December 2013
As a reader of literary fiction, I chose this because of the great reviews, but was hugely underwhelmed. It just felt like hard work, it never gained any momentum and the character of Samuel Riba did nothing at all for me. I wouldn't bother.
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on 8 November 2012
An unputupable turgid novel of repeated observation, clunky ponderous musings and oh-so-ironic references than fall so flat they barely bother. A book for people who want to appear oh so cultured.
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on 14 February 2013
I was misled by the literary reviews. The book turned out to be a ponderous, self-absorbed novel weighed down by a host of literary references. There are a few scenes and lines of thought that encouraged me to read further, but most of it was turgid.
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