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Father and Son: A Lifetime (Hardback)
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Father and Son: A Lifetime (Hardback)

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Hardback 176 Pages / Published: 24/09/2014
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Many authors have wrestled with the death of a father in their writing, but few have grappled so fiercely or as powerfully as the brilliant Spanish writer Marcos Giralt Torrente does in Father and Son, the mesmerizing and discomfiting memoir that won him Spain's highest literary award, the National Book Award. Giralt Torrente is best known for his fiction - which has only recently begun to appear in translation in the United States - but it is in this often savage memoir that his full gifts explode. When his father is diagnosed with cancer, the author is struck by the blunt force of it all. Father and Son weaves in history and personal narrative to attempt to do justice to a relationship that the author finds difficult to reflect upon - but one that he can't escape. In the end, the reader is left with an account that is neither homage nor reckoning, but instead an indelible dual portrait of a father and his son. When McSweeney's published The End of Love, the reviewer for Booklist wrote: "Torrente propels characters through time, jumping hours, weeks, and years (covering, at one point, decades in a single clause), building tension with Roberto Bolano-like accumulation of plot...This is Torrente's first book to appear in English. With luck, the first of many." Father and Son is an uncommonly gripping memoir by an uncommonly talented international writer.

Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
ISBN: 9780374277710
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Praise for "The End of Love

""The stories offer a language of how distance develops . . . and the usual 'problems' of love seem new and alive under the microscope of these deep, delicate studies." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)

"This is Torrente's first book to appear in English. With luck, the first of many." --"Booklist

""Giralt Torrente hardly ever delivers the expected, and his ingredients are always top shelf." --"Bookforum"

This debut memoir solidifies [Giralt] Torrente's multitalented arrival onto the U.S. literary scene. "Booklist"

Part homage, part indictment and more critical than elegiac, [Father and Son] is a searing cry of love. "NPR.org"

An exemplary memoir, in its reconstruction and scrupulous interrogation of memory. What gives the book such power is the concentrated force of its focus on this one relationship--the breathtaking frankness of the author's stubborn rancor toward his father, and the equally impressive tenderness, generosity, and analytical wisdom achieved through his struggle for perspective. I know of no other memoir that manages simultaneously to express such vulnerability and detachment. "Phillip Lopate, author of Portrait Inside My Head"

A splendid book. A story that is exceptional not only for its humane value, which is enormous, but also because it breathes with authenticity, or true life. A tribute of love. And an act of persistence. "Ana Rodriguez Fischer, Letras Libres"

Captivating, subtle, and unsettling . . . This is [Giralt] Torrente's first book to appear in English. With luck, the first of many. "Booklist on The End of Love"

It's the leaps in Giralt Torrente's stories that I find the most thrilling[: ] the moments of almost supernatural insight, the unspooling of time, the scenes that Giralt Torrente isolates and makes vibrate through the descriptive power of his prose . . . The stories in "The End of Love "are a life raft and the ocean around us is wide. Here's a hand, he says to us. Climb on. "Benjamin Anastas, Bookforum on The End of Love"

Giralt Torrente's remarkably precise sentences are as tightly wound as violin strings . . . To read "The End of Love "is to watch a master storyteller deploy every last trick with as much grace and beauty as a cellist playing a Bach sonata. "Scott Esposito, SFGate on The End of Love""


"This debut memoir solidifies [Giralt] Torrente's multitalented arrival onto the U.S. literary scene." --Booklist

"Part homage, part indictment and more critical than elegiac, [Father and Son] is a searing cry of love." --NPR.org

"An exemplary memoir, in its reconstruction and scrupulous interrogation of memory. What gives the book such power is the concentrated force of its focus on this one relationship--the breathtaking frankness of the author's stubborn rancor toward his father, and the equally impressive tenderness, generosity, and analytical wisdom achieved through his struggle for perspective. I know of no other memoir that manages simultaneously to express such vulnerability and detachment." --Phillip Lopate, author of Portrait Inside My Head

"A splendid book. A story that is exceptional not only for its humane value, which is enormous, but also because it breathes with authenticity, or true life. A tribute of love. And an act of persistence." --Ana Rodr-guez Fischer, Letras Libres

"Captivating, subtle, and unsettling . . . This is [Giralt] Torrente's first book to appear in English. With luck, the first of many." --Booklist on The End of Love

"It's the leaps in Giralt Torrente's stories that I find the most thrilling[: ] the moments of almost supernatural insight, the unspooling of time, the scenes that Giralt Torrente isolates and makes vibrate through the descriptive power of his prose . . . The stories in The End of Love are a life raft and the ocean around us is wide. Here's a hand, he says to us. Climb on." --Benjamin Anastas, Bookforum on The End of Love

"Giralt Torrente's remarkably precise sentences are as tightly wound as violin strings . . . To read The End of Love is to watch a master storyteller deploy every last trick with as much grace and beauty as a cellist playing a Bach sonata." --Scott Esposito, SFGate on The End of Love

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