Guadalajara

Quim Monzo (Author) Peter Bush (Translator)
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Description

"A gifted writer, he draws well on the rich tradition of Spanish surrealism . . . to sustain the lyrical, visionary quality of his imagination."--New York Times

All the heroes of this story collection--the boy who refuses to follow the family tradition of having his ring finger cut off; the man who cannot escape his house, no matter what he tries; Robin Hood stealing so much from the rich that he ruins the rich and makes the poor wealthy; Gregor the cockroach, who wakes one day to discover he has become a human teenager; the prophet who can't remember any of the prophecies that have been revealed to him; Ulysses and his minions trapped in the Trojan horse--are faced with a world that is always changing, where time and space move in circles, where language has become meaningless. Their stories are mazes from which they can't escape.

The simultaneously dark, grotesque, and funny Guadalajara reveals Quim Monzo at his acerbic and witty best.

Quim Monzo was born in Barcelona in 1952. He has been awarded the National Award, the City of Barcelona Award, the Prudenci Bertrana Award, the El Temps Award, the Lletra d'Or Prize for the best book of the year, and the Catalan Writers' Award; he has been awarded Serra d'Ormagazine's prestigious Critics' Award four times. He has also translated numerous authors into Catalan, including Truman Capote, J.D. Salinger, and Ernest Hemingway.

Peter Bush is a renowned translator from Catalan, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. He was awarded the Valle-Inclan Literary Translation Prize for his translation of Juan Goytisolo's The Marx Family Saga.

Product Details

Price
$12.95  $11.91
Publisher
Open Letter
Publish Date
July 12, 2011
Pages
125
Dimensions
5.51 X 0.39 X 8.49 inches | 0.41 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781934824191
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About the Author

Quim Monzo was born in Barcelona in 1952. He has been awarded the National Award, the City of Barcelona Award, the Prudenci Bertrana Award, the El Temps Award, the Lletra d'Or Prize for the best book of the year, and the Catalan Writers' Award; he has been awarded Serra d'Ormagazine's prestigious Critics' Award four times. He has also translated numerous authors into Catalan, including Truman Capote, J.D. Salinger, and Ernest Hemingway.

Peter Bush is a renowned translator from Catalan, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. He was awarded the Valle-Inclan Literary Translation Prize for his translation of Juan Goytisolo's The Marx Family Saga.

Reviews

"Though one of the pitfalls of existential or absurdist literature is the sacrifice of "heart" and emotion for "ideas" and philosophy, Monzo, in small, masterful strokes, gives his stories a full-bodied existence."-Armando Celayo, World Literature Today

"In tidy prose, Monzo embarks on pleasant narratives that swiftly prickle the hair on the back of the reader's neck ... This collection possesses moments of delicious absurdity and bracing, dark irony.."-Publishers Weekly

"With a narrator as likely to coddle his guinea pigs as he is to strike a family member, the warning of impending financial disaster, a hidden conspiracy at the bank, and a great foreboding hanging over the novel, the reader often keeps going just to see what, if anything, the author is going to make of this. In the end he is rewarded with a conclusion that justifies this dread, if not entirely explaining it."-Michael Beeman, Foreword Reviews


"Though one of the pitfalls of existential or absurdist literature is the sacrifice of "heart" and emotion for "ideas" and philosophy, Monzo, in small, masterful strokes, gives his stories a full-bodied existence."--Armando Celayo, World Literature Today

"In tidy prose, Monzo embarks on pleasant narratives that swiftly prickle the hair on the back of the reader's neck ... This collection possesses moments of delicious absurdity and bracing, dark irony.."--Publishers Weekly

"With a narrator as likely to coddle his guinea pigs as he is to strike a family member, the warning of impending financial disaster, a hidden conspiracy at the bank, and a great foreboding hanging over the novel, the reader often keeps going just to see what, if anything, the author is going to make of this. In the end he is rewarded with a conclusion that justifies this dread, if not entirely explaining it."--Michael Beeman, Foreword Reviews

"Today's best known writer in Catalan. He is also, no exaggeration, one of the world's great short-story writers."--The Independent