Enrique Vila-Matas was the centre of attention at the second session of this season’s Reading Club. With the past exhibition “Feasting on Paris. Picasso 1900-1907” as a reference, we talked with him about his partly autobiographical novel París no se acaba nunca. One of the things he told us: ‘I received the Barcelona inheritance of Picasso and Miró in looking at Paris culturally.’
Reading Club session
From parties at Paloma Picasso’s house to the poverty of the young writer from Barcelona who wants to experience the life of the French capital, from the Argentine expatriate community (Raúl Escari, Edgardo Cozarisnky) to outstanding international figures (Ernest Hemingway, Marguerite Duras), from the need to get away and to travel to the search for a style and a creative world of one’s own, Vila-Matas took us through the themes and the characters of his book, looking for new perspectives, new information about the months he spent in Paris and about the secret coherence of his work. ‘In working on the book I used the structure of my memory as my basis,’ the author told us, referring to the structure of the novel.
Attendees at the Reading Club
This was a memorable session: Reading Club regulars plus Vila-Matas devotees set a new record for attendance, with a total of more than a hundred lovers of art and literature.
On the first Thursday of December we will get together to talk about Parla’ls de batalles, de reis i d’elefants, by Mathias Enard.