On the Edge

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Price
$16.95
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
Pages
464
Dimensions
5.3 X 1.1 X 8.0 inches | 0.9 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811222846
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About the Author

Rafael Chirbes (1949-2015) wrote ten novels and received the National Prize for Literature and the Critics Prize for On the Edge. ABC named him "the best writer of the twenty-first century in Spain.
Valerie Miles, an editor, writer, translator, and professor, is the cofounding editor of the literary journal Granta in Spanish.
Margaret Jull Costa has translated the works of many Spanish and Portuguese writers. She has won the Portuguese Translation Prize twice and been shortlisted twice. She won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Weidenfeld Translation Prize twice and the Pen Translation Prize. She has been awarded an OBE and was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. .

Reviews

Rafael Chirbes is one of the greatest European authors of our time.
Literature, as Adorno once said, is a clock that keeps ticking. But it is also the best tool for understanding the world when reality is torn to shreds. Both rules are strictly complied with by great authors. And Rafael Chirbes is one of them.
A moving, densely detailed portrait of people without hope.
Easily one of the year's finest and most important work, Chirbes's ON THE EDGE stands out as a marvel of what fiction is capable of dong (and, oh, that inescapable cover!).--Jeremy Garber
This is the great novel of the crisis. The corrosive voice of Rafael Chirbes paints a portrait of a universe of unemployment and disappointment--the long hangover that follows the party of corruption.
Chirbes, one of Spain's premier writers, is at his best when fully immersed, as he is in this novel. If Proust and an Old Testament prophet had collaborated to write about Spain's recession, it might have been something like the writing here--agonized, dense, full of rage, and difficult to forget.
Utterly convincing in its psychological details, but also memorable for the beauty of its writing and rhythms.--Colm To´ibi´n
On the Edge, Chirbes's masterpiece, arrives as a message in a bottle among all the cans, rusting appliances, and tangled tackle. The fumes of the lagoon mix with the lingering sulfur of the Atocha railway-station bombing; the Spanish economy has all but collapsed. Who, or what, is to blame? Chirbes's novel accuses everyone.--Joshua Cohen
On the Edge is masterful, a centrifugal novel with sentences like sticky tentacles that clutch onto readers and suck them into a swirling, tempestuous, pulsating center.--Valerie Miles