Private: Valentín ROMA

El enfermero de Lenin

Periférica, 2017


Working in conjunction with Editorial Periférica


«Beyond empty slogans and pseudo intellectual fabrications, here you can find real politics in each breath of the ill father, in that everyday struggle against what it means to belong.» Juan Losa, Público
«A novel about family struggle multiplied by class struggle and divided by the fight against death although with the acquiescence of a necessary madness to face the inevitable.» María Teresa Lezcano, Sur

«A gathering of debris: of what we could’ve become, the bravados, the jobs we had and didn’t keep, the romances, the slums that made us shrewd and distrustful, our childhood fears, our readings, our class resentment, our mothers, of all those things that were given to us for free and the price we had to pay for them.» Patricio Pron, El Boomerang


(Lenin's Carer) “My father went crazy for twenty-one days in the summer of 2011, after a routine operation whose complications remain, even today, inexplicable. During those three weeks he claimed to be Lenin and asked to be treated as such, demanding that his medical report and medication supplied to him were  written in the name of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov. The physicians agreed to such an identity change, although they continued to call him Mr. R., something he certainly disliked. Otherwise, his character hardly changed, he was still the same hardened joker as usual.”
This is the novel of of someone who is as much of one place as of another. It is also the story of an outcast: a young university professor, son of a working class father and grandson of farmers. From La Mancha to Catalonia, from the aesthetics of the plow to the Aesthetics in capital letters. This is a novel about kin love and political love, about class struggle when there’s little strength left for the fight and the fight has been capitalised by a bunch of political parties and reduced to mere slogans.
Mixing humor and seriousness, even when death or madness are the topics of conversation, this is a novel that makes us smile amidst melancholia without neglecting “the possibility of uprising”.
Most importantly, this an exemplary novel for this time of uncertainties. «Exemplary» for what it reveals in a time with no revelations left. And it does so not in a taxing manner, but a cordial one: it proposes a dialogue.