To Walk Alone in the Crowd

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Picador USA
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5.56 X 8.72 X 1.1 inches | 1.15 pounds
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About the Author
Antonio Muñoz Molina is the author of more than a dozen novels, including In the Night of Time, Sepharad, and Like a Fading Shadow. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including Spain's National Narrative Prize, the Planeta Prize, the Medici Prize for Foreign Novel, and the Príncipe de Asturias Prize. He has been a full member of the Royal Spanish Academy since 1995. He lives in Madrid and New York City.

"The novel's sprawling excess, its playful unwillingness to be any one thing, are its greatest strength and the source of its splendor. The investigation is in the realm not of the literary scholar but of the alchemist who seeks to know what combination of streets, boots, and perambulations influence the creative process, and by implication, what forces transform a reader into a writer."
--Megin Jimenez, Chicago Review of Books

"Mr. Muñoz Molina is interested in how memory fuels imagination. But he also seeks a deeper confluence . . . All these strands come together in the closing section of the novel, which traces a long meander from southern Manhattan to the Bronx cottage where Poe once lived.
--David L. Ulin, The Wall Street Journal

The solitary writer's journeys and observations culminate in his discovery of solace in loving his wife, and his passion makes the narrative deeply rewarding. The result is a treasure trove.
--Publishers Weekly (starred)

To Walk Alone in the Crowd is at once brilliant, erudite, absorbing, moving--and quite quaint, a sort of literary consolation, assuring us that defunct forms can still give us news about now. It is also a book that could only have been written today, as an act of engaged nostalgia: not so much for the materials and materiality that it constantly hymns, nor for the lives it describes at great historic remove, but for the sort of writing that detailed such things, the first time around.

Bewildering and poetic.

The unnamed narrator of 'To Walk Alone in the Crowd, '...seeks to construct a map for our time, a book of watching and thinking that is also a tribute to the great walking-authors of the past..[To Walk Alone in the Crowd has] many excellent passages, insightful biographical sketches about the lives of [Munoz Molina's] favorite writers or tender reflections on his beloved wife.
--Martin Riker, The New York Times

[To Walk Alone in the Crowd] allows us to walk through cities even if only in dreams during these times of confinement.
--Marie Darrieussecq, author of Being Here Is Everything: The Life of Paula Modersohn-Becker

An eclectic and singular novel that flows naturally between fiction, personal narrative, and literary essay.
--El Correo Gallego