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About the Author
Jordi Nopca is the author of two novels and the short story collection Come On Up. Named a "Young Catalan Writer to Watch" by Culture Trip, his books have received the Proa and Documenta Prizes. Nopca is also an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Time Out Barcelona and Words Without Borders. Born in Barcelona in 1983, Nopca is editor of the newspaper Ara and its literary supplement Ara Llegim. Come On Up is his first book of fiction to appear in English.
Mara Faye Lethem is an award-winning translator of numerous Catalan writers, including Jaume Cabré, Marta Orriols, Max Besora, Alicia Kopf, Jordi Nopca, Albert Sánchez Piñol, Toni Sala, and Irene Solà. Her translations have received two English PEN Awards and have been longlisted for the National Translation Award and the International DUBLIN Literary Award. They have also appeared in the Guardian, Tin House, Paris Review, Granta, Words Without Borders, A Public Space, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn and Barcelona.
Documenta Prize Winner
La Vanguardia "Best Fiction of the Year" selection
"Wry yet tender, Jordi Nopca's stories are a chronicle of the sentimental and existential doubts of Barcelona's struggling younger generation--just trust me: read them." --Jordi Puntí, author of Lost Luggage and This Is Not America
"Nopca's stories, written with clarity and flair, are smart and modern, filled with sharply observed detail. They capture the unease of the times and the flux of contemporary life in Barcelona with wit, wisdom, moments of pure hilarity, and a mixture of sympathy and dark laughter." --Colm Tóibín, author of Brooklyn and House of Names
"The day will come when there'll be no need to keep repeating how Nopca's talent and his corrosive humor have exploded and electrified the literature of Spain: it will be common knowledge." --Enrique Vila-Matas, author of Bartleby & Co. and Mac's Problem
"Read these stories for Nopca's talent at consistently surprising with plots that march relentlessly in unforeseeable directions, and for his astuteness at charging situations with comic tension and leading readers into potent, perplexing spaces that explode unexpectedly." --El País
"The interplay between immature thirty-somethings, their crazy parents, and their declining grandparents, is at the heart of the book. They each construct the reality that suits them best. Nopca's portrait of a generation is appealing and well-written." --La Vanguardia