Ismael GRASA

El jardín

Xordica, 2014 | The Garden

Press

«A narrator unlike any other, who comes wielding not a pair of scissors but a simple shaving knife, its blade razor-sharp.» Javier Tomeo

«Grasa’s characters are intelligent observers who, like their author, bring their keen-eyed vision to bear on the minor details of life, which reveal more about others than a thousand psychologist’s reports put together.» David Trueba

Synopsis

“This is all there is.” So says the protagonist of one of the stories in El jardín.
Behind the façade of seemingly run-of-the-mill lives heading nowhere, the characters in this book are forever tunnelling escape routes to somewhere else: a newspaper seller still living in his childhood bedroom makes plans to open his heart to the woman he loves; a security guard spends his time cracking logic puzzles, making him the laughing stock of those around him; an office worker who sleeps out in the open with the wild boars strikes up a romance with a woman as forlorn as him…
Ismael Grasa once again tugs on the reader’s heartstrings with a spare, pared-down prose style that lifts the lid on the lives of the characters who inhabit  these five stories.