The Heart and Other Viscera: Stories

Felix J Palma (Author)
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Atria Books
Publish Date
September 17, 2019
5.4 X 0.6 X 8.2 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author

Félix J. Palma has been acclaimed by critics as one of the most brilliant and original storytellers of our time. His devotion to the short story genre has earned him more than a hundred awards. The Map of Time, his first book published in the United States, was an instant New York Times bestseller and received the prestigious 2008 Ateneo de Sevila XL Prize. It has been published in more than thirty countries. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed The Map of the Sky. Palma lives in Spain. Please visit


Praise from press in Spain for Félix J. Palma's short stories

"Palma's love of fantasy is no mere exercise in escapism nor a clever game of mirrors, but a way of intuiting the world by freeing oneself from rationalism. His stories demonstrate a perfect tension between poetry, tenderness, and humor."--El Mundo
"[Palma's] works are infused with gifted ideas, unforgettable imagery and reflections that haunt you long after you've finished the last page. An author of deliciously disquieting short stories."--La Razón
"An amalgam of perfect style, astonishing imagery, and unsettling narrative to chart a disturbing world."--ABC Cultural
"Meticulous, disconcerting and inspired, Palma exemplifies the very best of short fiction being written in Spanish today."--Muface
Praise for The Map of Time

"The Map of Time recalls the science fiction of Wells and Verne, and then turns the early masters on their heads. A brilliant and breathtaking trip through metafictional time."--Scott Westerfeld, New York Times bestselling author
"The Map of Time is a singularly inventive, luscious story with a core of pure, unsettling weirdness. With unnerving grace and disturbing fantasy, it effortlessly straddles that impossible line between being decidedly familiar, and yet absolutely new."--Cherie Priest, author of Boneshaker
"Strange and wonderful. Magical and smart. Félix J. Palma has done more than written a wonderful novel, he's concocted a supernatural tour de force. Time travel, tragic love, murder, and mystery all combine in what is nothing short of a surprising, satisfying, and mesmerizing read."--M.J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author
"A big, genre-bending delight."--The Washington Post
"Palma makes his U.S. debut with the brilliant first in a trilogy, an intriguing thriller that explores the ramifications of time travel in three intersecting narratives."--Publishers Weekly (starred)
"Lyrical storytelling and a rich attention to detail make this prize-winning novel an enthralling read."--Library Journal (starred)
"In the realm of fantastic short fiction, fantasy often lives right next door to horror, and Spanish writer Palma's collection of dark fantasy is a very good example of that. The stories center around the general theme of love, though how this love is expressed is often bizarre or gruesome. . . . This book is just the ticket for readers seeking escape from the mundane into a dark dreamworld. Fans of the short fiction of Neil Gaiman will find much to like in Palma's dark fantasy tales."--Booklist
"Palma has a piercing imagination . . . Twelve well-paced stories straddling the line between parody, magical realism, mystery, and farce."--Kirkus Reviews
"In Palma's solid collection, the surreal collides with the deeply mundane in transformative ways. . . . The scope of [his] imagination is undeniable . . . Palma proves he is an assured, creative writer with a knack for the unsettling."--Publishers Weekly
"In Félix J. Palma's captivating new collection of short stories, The Heart and Other Viscera, the celebrated Spanish author bores into the interior life of the mind, extracting spellbinding tales from the worlds we create inside our heads. The collection, recently released in a fluid English-language translation by Nick Caistor and Lorenza García, at times reads like an assemblage of Twilight Zone episodes made even more vivid on the printed page. . . . What elevates Palma's storytelling is that he plumbs the most mundane aspects of everyday life and the most invisible of human beings, the sort of people we pass on the street without noticing, and uses them as launching pads for phantasmagoric flights of the imagination."--The Washington Post