From the Shadows

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Bellevue Literary Press
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5.0 X 7.4 X 0.7 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Juan JoséMillás is the recipient of Spain's most prestigious literary prizes: the Premio Nadal, PremioPlaneta, and Premio Nacional de Narrativa. He is the author of severalshort story collections and works of nonfiction as well as over a dozen novels, including From the Shadows, the first of his novels to bepublished in North America, and Let NoOne Sleep, forthcoming from Bellevue LiteraryPress in August 2022. Aregular contributor to El País, Millás has also won manyawards for his journalism. He lives inMadrid.Thomas Bunstead is a writer andtranslator of leading Spanish-language authors, including Eduardo Halfon, JuanJosé Millás, Maria Gainza, and Enrique Vila-Matas. He lives in St. Dogmaels, Wales.Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor, and translator with some fifty books to his name, including novels by EduardoHalfon, Juan José Millás, and José Eduardo Agualusa. He lives in Lewes, England.


Publishers Weekly "Top 10 Book of the Year" selection
Thrillist "Best Books of the Year" selection
World Literature Today "Notable Translations of the Year" selection
Asymptote Book Club selection
Words Without Borders "Watchlist" selection

"Begins as entertaining slapstick, subtly metamorphoses into fable. . . . As [the narrator's] vivid imaginary world fuses with reality this deceptively ethereal novel advances toward a dark and startling finale." --Wall Street Journal

"Spectacularly surreal and cerebral. . . . [From the Shadows] carves a labyrinthine path through a mind withstanding both physical and mental confinements, and the language, rife with darkness and comedy, traces the fine walls of worlds both real and imagined with Kafkaesque soliloquy." --Asymptote Journal

"Millás makes the incredulous believable. A seductive narrator, brisk dialogue, and a unique claustrophobic setting contribute to a distinctive blend of Kafka's surrealism and Pirandello's absurdism. . . . A quick, riveting read." --World Literature Today

"The compact, surreal story . . . is uproarious and unnerving in equal measure, and is far too riveting to put down." --Thrillist

"Incredibly strange, truly bizarre--one of the most original stories. . . . Impossible to put down." --Shelf Unbound

"An entertainingly presented look at social isolation and dependency." --Complete Review

"A fable of survival in a consumerist society." --Seattle Review of Books

"Part surreal comedy, part dark parable, Millás's wild work brings readers face to face with the mundane facets of middle-class suburban life. . . . A page-turner of the strangest order, Millás's debut stuns and entrances. It's impossible to put down." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A compelling stew of comedy, philosophy, and even tragedy, From the Shadows maintains a light touch, even as sinister undertones bubble underneath." --Foreword Reviews

"Spectacularly bizarre. . . . A Kafkaesque story about transformation and our collective human desire to connect with one another." --Kirkus Reviews

"A penetrating parable of suburban family life. . . . Millás tells a compelling story of human connection in a way that is sometimes crude but also darkly funny, insightful and ultimately surprising." --Shelf Awareness for Readers

"[From the Shadows is] about alienation, loneliness, voyeurism, and the power of fantasy to transform claustrophobic, humdrum lives. Written by one of Spain's most original and important authors and set in contemporary Madrid . . . [it] pays tribute to a very Spanish tradition, embodied by, among others, surrealists like Luis Buñuel [whose] 1962 film, The Exterminating Angel, [is] another claustrophobic allegory that turns middle-class comfort into a desert island." --Public Books

"The narrative of Juan José Millás, our literary Buster Keaton, is inimitable and unique." --La Vanguardia