A MAN OF HIS WORD by Imma Monsó


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Winner of multiple literary awards—Premio Internacional Terenci Moix, Premio Maria Àngels Anglada, Premio Salambó—A Man of His Word is the first work available in English by Imma Monsó, one of the best contemporary Catalan writers.

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“The only way I have found to balance memory and oblivion is to turn Cometa’s presence into a second skin. It happens to me often, with him. Where is he? I think, not realizing that I am wearing him. Like your reading glasses. You look for them—you can’t do without them—and suddenly you realize that you’re wearing them around your neck. That is exactly it. A memory so present that it resembles oblivion.”

Refering to him by his nickname Cometa—Catalan for “comet”—Imma Monsó tells us about the sudden loss of her husband and, using an original structure combining A chapters—“A for affection, amusement, acceptance”—and B chapters—“B for barbarous, brutal, bare”—she bears witness to her life with him, and to her life without him. On a par with those by Didion or Oates, this memoir falls into that category of books on mourning where the blazing beauty of true love and moving remembrance keeps at bay the worst of griefs.

Imma Monsó (Lleida,1959) is a Catalan fiction writer, known mainly for her humorous and poignant novels and for blending an absurdist wit with a profound tenderness for her very singular characters. She is a high-school teacher and writes for the main Spanish and Catalan newspapers like El País and La Vanguardia. All her literary works have been translated into Spanish, and most of them to several languages. She has received numerous awards, such as the Premio Tigre Juan (1997), for her first novel, No se sap mai, the Premio Ciutat de Barcelona (2004) for her collection of stories Millor que no m’ho expliquis and the Premio Ramon Llull (2012) for her last novel, La dona veloÇ.

A Man of His Word won, on its first publication in Catalan language (Un home de paraula) the awards Premi Maria Àngels Anglada, Premio Salambó and Premio Internacional Terenci Moix.

  • Publisher Hispabooks
  • Product Dimensions 14 x 21.6 cm.
  • Pages 294
  • Language English
  • ISBN 9788494283031
  • Binding Paperback
  • Age Adults
  • Translated by Maruxa Relaño & Martha Tennent
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07/22/2017 A. Schneider. I loved it! This book was recommended to me by a close friend and I would strongly recommend now to anyone.
I really enjoy it! Happy to have come across this writer.