Of Saints and Miracles

(Author) (Translator)

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$16.95  $15.76
New Vessel Press
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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Manuel Astur is a Spanish author and journalist selected as One of the Ten Most Interesting New Voices in Europe by the European Union. He has written novels and collections of short stories and poetry and teaches literature at the Escuela de Letras de Gijón.
Claire Wadie has a Masters in Translation from the University of Bristol and won the Peirene Stevns Translation Prize for Of Saints and Miracles by Manuel Astur.


This is a fierce, passionate book--at home in every genre because it knows that great fiction does not need to choose between them. Manuel Astur's writing moves between high lyricism and hard, stony realism, and Of Saints and Miracles has a style all of its own. Thanks to Claire Wadie's rigorous yet resourceful translation, this essential Spanish novel, with its compelling characters, histories and landscapes, is available to the anglophone reader in all its magic, tenderness and brutality.
--Patrick McGuinness, author of Throw Me to the Wolves and The Last Hundred Days

This is the tale of a natural loner of immense gifts and vision--like Coetzee's Michael K--and is unlike any book I've read, by an author who seems enviably free: to stretch the limits of genres by blending fable and crime fiction; to tell a story at his own pace, in exquisite detail and from a rich choral perspective ... It's an extraordinary feat of writing, as is Claire Wadie's impeccable translation.
--Sophie Hughes, translator of Hurricane Season and Paradais by Fernanda Melchor

This literary novel has the seal of determined originality, and is the admirable work of an author worth following.
--El Cultural

The author is calling out to a society that has lost its sense of direction, and the pages of his book trace a path back to innocence. I cannot describe the beauty of his prose without spoiling it.
--El Periódico

With a sensuous style that produces an almost physical effect, Astur plays with time, land and violence to weave together a plot that finds its logic in chaos like every real tragedy.
--ABC Cultural

Brutality and derision mixed with tenderness and innocence ... It's all a miracle.
--La Razón

Melancholic and somewhat unnerving ... A beautiful book.
--European Literature Network