José A. GARRIGA VELA

Muntaner, 38

Debate, 1997 | 38th Muntaner St.

Awards

***Jaen Novel Award 1996***

Press

“It comes as no surprise whatsoever that this magnificent book – one of the Spanish literary revelations of recent times – has enthralled writers such as Juan Marsé, Eduardo Mendoza and Joan de Sagarra. Its sparse, direct prose style leaps off the page, calling to mind Georges Bataille.”  Enrique Vila-Matas

«A splendid trip around the core of Barcelona during the last Franco years that could well be filmed by Polanski. Our wish to read, to devour, is back again.» Maruja Torres, El País

«A stimulating surprise.» Joan Barril, El Periódico

«A surprisingly moving piece of work.» J. E. Ayala-Dip, El País

Synopsis

( 38 th Muntaner St.) A young boy watches changes take place in a reality which is flat and dull — modern times are about to come. His mesmerizing voice will tell us of his neighbours; of an unknown Barcelona; of his father, a tailor and loser; of a suffocating atmosphere; of dreams never fulfilled and first loves... A novel which depicts the forgotten roots of our own times.