Bartleby, a strange character described by Melville as "I would rather not" to refuse everything, has leapt out of the page and become a virus that permeates the literary world and makes many writers unable to write. There is no cure for Bartleby's disease, and any attempt to fight it is futile. The narrator of the book is a Bartleby patient who wrote a novel when he was young, but because of some kind of trauma, he refused to write another. Until one day, he began to keep a diary, recording the mystery of those writers who were in the same boat with him. Strangely, there was no text to be seen in his diary, only footnotes, as if the text had been devoured by some unknown virus...
About the author
Enrique Vila-Matas is the most important writer in Spain today. He has published nearly 30 books in short stories, novels, essays and essays. Before 2000, his literary fame was largely confined to the Spanish-speaking world, France, Italy, Portugal, and Brazil. However, with the success of Bartleby Syndrome, Bila-Matas has gradually been accepted by readers in other languages, and his influence has expanded rapidly. His works have been translated into more than ten languages and published worldwide, and he has been regarded by the media as another hot candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature in recent years.
In 2013, the leading French literary journal La Lettres ranked Villa-Matas as one of the most influential writers today, along with Nobel Prize winners Mo Yan, Alice Munro, and Pamuk.
Vila-matas and Bolano are also very close personal, Bolano even asserted: "In the Spanish literary world today, Vila-Matas is unmatched." Vila-matas was also featured as a character in Bolano's short collection Last Night on Earth.
Almodovar, a famous Spanish director, has also said that he loves Vila-Matas's novels most.