Two Voices Salon with Valerie Miles on Enrique Vila-Matas
Two Voices Salon of 2016 welcome powerhouse editor and translator Valerie Miles, who will be in conversation with Two Lines Press’s Scott Esposito via Skype.
Miles will be discussing her newly translated novella Because She Never Asked by the Spanish writer Enrique Vila-Matas. Called “Spain’s most significant contemporary literary figure” by The New Yorker, Vila-Matas excels in creating witty fictions out of his real life that deconstruct the act of writing and make us reconsider many of the key figures of literature and cinema of the 20th century.
In Because She Never Asked, Vila-Matas plays with both his own life and the life of the famous artist Sophie Calle. As Vila-Matas writes, “Something strange happened along the way. Normally, writers try to pass a work of fiction off as being real. But in Because She Never Asked, the opposite occurred: in order to give meaning to the story of my life, I found that I needed to present it as fiction.”
Valerie will also talk about her distinguished career as an editor, working with a who’s-who of the greatest writing in the Spanish language of the last 30 years.