PARIS by Marcos Giralt Torrente


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Paris depicts a man’s journey through the labyrinth of his memories, a search for his origins that will uncover an old family secret and turn his world upside down. A mesmerizing and haunting story by award-winning author Marcos Giralt Torrente, a master craftsman calibrating nuance and impact with a true gift.

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The unnamed narrator reflects on the marriage between his mother (aloof, stoic, saintly, and stubborn) and his father (a vain, promiscuous scoundrel). He is fixated on eight mysterious months his mother spent in Paris after they split up, when the narrator was a boy: Did she clandestinely reunite with the father? Did she live out a perennial ambition carefully kept secret? Or did she attempt to sort out another matter entirely, of which the narrator hasn’t the least indication? If he discovers what happened in Paris he might make sense of his parents’ relationship, and, in the process, end the nightmares that still recur twenty-plus years after his parents split up.

Marcos Giralt Torrente is author of the story collection Entiéndame (Understand Me), his celebrated literary debut, the novel París (Paris, Hispabooks, 2014) which won the Herralde Novel Award in 1999, and the novella Nada sucede solo (Nothing Happens By Itself). He was writer-in-residence at the Spanish Academy in Rome, the Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf and the University of Aberdeen, and was part of the Berlin Artists-in-Residence Programme in 2002-2003. His second novel was entitled Los seres felices (The Happy Beings) and his third, Tiempo de vida (Father and Son, a Lifetime, Sarah Crichton Books, 2014) met with significant critical and public acclaim, winning the Spanish National Book Award for Fiction in 2011, and is currently in its fifth edition. His latest book, the short story collection El final del amor (The End of Love, McSweeneys, 2013), was the winner of the International Short Fiction Award Ribera del Duero in 2011, the highest endowed award for story collections in Spain.

  • Publisher Hispabooks
  • Product Dimensions 14 x 21.6 cm.
  • Pages 344
  • Language English
  • ISBN 9788494228445
  • Binding Paperback
  • Age Adults
  • Translated by Margaret Jull Costa

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