The Right Intention

Andrés Barba (Author) Lisa Dillman (Translator)
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Kirkus Best Books of 2018

"Barba is a master of the novella . . . A gorgeous, fully realized collection."--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Nothing is simple for the men and women in Andrés Barba's stories. As they go about their lives, they are each tested by a single, destructive obsession. A runner puts his marriage at risk while training for a marathon; a teenager can no longer stand the sight of meat following her parents' divorce; a man suddenly fixates on the age difference between him and his younger male lover. In four tightly wound novellas, Andrés Barba establishes himself as a master of the form.

Andrés Barba is the one the most lauded contemporary Spanish writers. He is the author of twelve books, including August, October and Rain Over Madrid. In addition to literary fiction, he has written essays, poems, books of photography, and translations of Thomas De Quincey and Herman Melville. His books have been translated into ten languages.

Lisa Dillman won the 2016 Best Translated Book Award for her translation of Yuri Herrera's Signs Preceding the End of the World. She translates from Spanish and Catalan and teaches in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Emory University.

Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
Transit Books
Publish Date
March 13, 2018
Pages
231
Dimensions
5.2 X 0.9 X 7.9 inches | 0.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781945492068
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About the Author

ANDRÉS BARBA first became known in 2001 when his novel La hermana de Katia, shortlisted for the Herralde Prize, was published to considerable public and critical acclaim. It was followed by Ahora tocad música de baile, Versiones de Teresa, winner of the Torrente Ballester award, and Agosto, octubre, Muerte de un caballo, for which he won the 2011 Juan March short novel award, Ha dejado de llover, and his latest work, En presencia de un payaso. His books have been translated into ten languages.

LISA DILLMAN translates from Spanish and Catalan and teaches in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Emory University. Some of her recent translations include Signs Preceding the End of the World, by Yuri Herrera, which won the 2016 Best Translated Book Award; Such Small Hands and Rain Over Madrid, by Andrés Barba; Monastery, co-translated with Daniel Hahn, by Eduardo Halfon; and Salting the Wound, by Víctor del Árbol.

Reviews

"Andrés Barba needs no advice. He has already created a world that is perfectly realized and has a craft that is inappropriate for a writer of his age."--Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

"Barba is a master of the novella . . . A gorgeous, fully realized collection."--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"The four novellas in Barba's wonderful and intense new collection share a melancholy sensibility and a yearning, born of persistent loneliness."--Publishers Weekly

"The destructive consequences of those obsessions, traced with an almost clinical precision, are the substance of Barba's absorbing, unnerving stories."--Words Without Borders