El mal de Montano

Montano’s Malady | Anagrama, 2002; Seix Barral, 2012; PRH/DeBolsillo, 2013

» Herralde Prize for Best Novel
» Prix Médicis 2013
» National Critics Prize
» Critics Circle Prize (Chile)
» Ennio Flaiano International Prize for Narrative
» Shortlisted for the first Warwick Prize 2009

Between a private diary and a novel, a sentimental journey, autofiction and essay, El mal de Montano proposes the triumph of literature, as if it is the only means of glimpsing the idea of survival or a possibility of a new sense coming.

A narrator, who signs his books using the maternal name of Rosario Girondo, writes a personal diary and a timid dictionary of his life, and his Montano’s malady is so strong… He is so sick with literature that the initial fiction (the creation of a character obsessed with the future of literature and dedicated to deciphering the art of the personal diaries of his favourite writers) ends up becoming reality when the author decides to become flesh and blood in the literature itself; incarnate himself in it, turn himself into the memory of the universal library, and form part of a secret society of plotters against the enemy of literature.