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Losing Theories | Seix Barral, 2010. Colección Únicos

Invited to Lyon to an international symposium on the novel, a double of the writer Vila-Matas is left by a taxi at his hotel without anyone to welcome him.

In the solitude of his room, he draws up a general theory of the novel, focusing particularly on the five elements that must be included for a text to belong to the new century—meanwhile, the organization that invited him to Lyon never contacts him.

Back in Barcelona, he feels as if he has discovered the futility of all essays, travel and perhaps even the futility of life itself, so that it would destory his theory, but it might work for someone to write Dublinesca.