This Too Shall Pass

Milena Busquets (Author) Valerie Miles (Translator)

Product Details

Hogarth Press
Publish Date
February 21, 2017
5.1 X 0.6 X 7.8 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author

MILENA BUSQUETS was born in Barcelona where she attended the Lycée Français de Barcelone. She obtained a degree in archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, began work in publishing, and has since founded her own publishing house. She currently works as a journalist and as a translator.



"A best seller in Ms. Busquets' native Spain, the novel was partly inspired by the author's emotions after the death of her mother, Esther Tusquets, a well-known publisher and author there. This accounts for the book's sense of lived-in emotional truth, its deeply convincing, unconventional passage through pain." --New York Times

"[This Too Shall Pass] has a heady, intellectual air, adding a twist of Alain de Botton to the novel's effervescent blend of Erica Jong and Pedro Almodóvar... Like a day at the beach -- a European beach, with cigarettes and espresso -- this novel lingers in the mind well after it is over, reminding us of the intimacy between pleasure and loss." --New York Times Book Review

"Busquets' tale is both poignant and funny, an astute exploration of the inevitable sea change that comes with losing a parent."--People

"Busquets' sleek novella set in her native Spain, feels like the book equivalent of a European art-house film: frankly existential, full of ravishing imagery."--Entertainment Weekly

"[A] summery, sexy, cool debut novel...light, profound, sensual, unmistakably European: this may be the only book about grief to feel like a vacation." --Kirkus (starred review)

"A literary tsunami...A seductive voice, one that wants to take a strong bite of life." --Silvia Marimon, ARA (Spain)

"A pure concentrate of emotion and intelligence . . . Unforgettable." --Marie Claire (France)

"The book of the summer."--Vogue (France)

"One of the most elegant books you can read."-- L'Express

"A luminous and profound book."--ELLE (France)

"Therein lies the secret of this short and deeply intense novel: in the building of a conscience that has been suddenly expelled from paradise." --Domingo Ródenas, El Periódico (Spain)

"One of the most beautiful reads of 2015." --AMICA (Italy)

"An intense novel, with delicate prose, both touching and deeply funny." --Vis Molina, El Cultural (Spain)

"A praiseworthy and truly literary work." --Antonio Lozano, Culturas, La Vanguardia (Spain)

"[This Too Shall Pass is] full of subtle wisdom." --Carmen Posadas, Harper's Bazaar

"This Too Shall Pass is an intimate story about loss and mourning, about saying goodbye, growing up; it's funny and the love for life jumps from the page. But mostly it is a declaration of love from a daughter who cannot forget her mother. Who doesn't want to forget."--Trow (The Netherlands)

"A moving declaration of love to a dead mother and an accomplished balancing act on the thin line between lightness and tragedy."-- De Standaard (The Netherlands)

"Atypical, crazy, comical, painful. An original tale of loss that alternates vitality and grief, making them coincide, also in style: in the natural flow, without interruption, from the third person narrator to the first: you, mother." -- Il Corriere de la Sera (Italy)

"This is not a distressing tale, on the contrary, it is full of life and sex." -- Il Secolo XIX (Italy)

"A brilliant, lucid, poignant, bare and aching memory of a good-bye."-- Juan Marsé

"Intense"--Femina (Sweden)