David TRUEBA

Tierra de campos

Anagrama, 2017

Translations

France/Flammarion; Italy/ Feltrinelli; English World/Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Awards

PEN Translation Award

Prix du Roman FNAC

Selected as Book of the Year by the Spanish Booksellers Guild

Press

«A rich and bountiful monologue, with a hint of humor that highlights the caustic but never bitter portrait of a generation. This fifth novel beautifully reflects that the passage of time is still Trueba’s great theme, full of sweetness and melancholy. A profound novel with a discreetly intoxicating melody.» Christine Rousseau, Le Monde

«Trueba writes about the moulting of human beings under the unyielding test of time, and he does so using a delicate pen that can overcome any pain and help to get better.» Point de Vue

«A beautiful novel that blends drama and irony.» Elisabetta Pagani, La Stampa (4 ½ stars)

«Writes about everyday life with a redemptive epic while avoiding sentimental pornography and cynicism.» Carlos Zanón, El País

Synopsis

(Rolling Fields)

Laugh-out-loud funny, deeply moving and featuring an unforgettable cast of characters - from Ecuadorian drivers to Spanish Bowie lookalikes - Rolling Fields is a novel full of the grace and messiness of life: brave, exciting and completely irresistible.

Dani Mosca is 40 and his father has just died. Fulfilling his father's last wishes, Dani embarks on a road trip back to his childhood village, a three-hour hearse journey from Madrid. Leaving behind the busy streets of the city for the deserted, archaic heart of Spain, Dani revisits the key junctions of his life: his conflicted relationship with a pragmatic and authoritarian father; the mystery of his birth; his school years in the repressed atmosphere of Catholic Spain; the origin of his band and its early successes; the emptiness left by a tragically lost friendship; his great loves.

Underpinned by a sturdy structure, David Trueba once again brings his prodigious narrative prowess to bear, turning his penetrating gaze on the baffling contradictions that surround us and venturing forth, clear-eyed, into the labyrinth of emotion and feelings. The outcome is a dazzling book that throbs with life on every page.