On the Edge (Hardback)
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On the Edge (Hardback)

(author), (translator)
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Hardback 432 Pages / Published: 07/07/2016
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On the Edge opens with the discovery of a rotting corpse in the marshes on the outskirts of Olba, Spain - a town wracked by despair after the burst of the economic bubble, and a microcosm of a world of defeat, debt and corruption. Stuck in this town is Esteban - his small factory bankrupt, his investments stolen by a`friend', and his unloved father, a mute invalid, entirely his personal burden. Much of the novel unfolds in Esteban's raw and tormented monologues. But other voices resound from the wreckage and their words, sharp as knives, crowd their terse, hypnotic monologues of ruin, prostitution and loss. Chirbes alternates this choir of voices with a majestic third-person narration, injecting a profound and moving lyricism and offering the hope that a new vitality can emerge from the putrid swamps. On the Edge, even as it excoriates, pulsates with robust life, and its rhythmic, torrential style marks the novel as an indelible masterpiece.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781846558481
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 759 g
Dimensions: 242 x 162 x 39 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Utterly convincing in its psychological details, but also memorable for the beauty of its writing and rhythms" -- Colm Toibin
"A dizzying survey of the last 90 years of Spanish history... Margaret Jull Costa's incandescent translation carries along Esteban's turbulent torrent... When this book finally releases its grip, you may find your lapels sullied by grubby fingerprints you are in no rush to scrub out" -- Mara Faye Lethem * New York Times *
"Chirbes, one of Spain's premier writers, is at his best when fully immersed, as he is in this novel. If Proust and an Old Testament prophet had collaborated to write about Spain's recession, it might have been something like the writing here - agonized, dense, full of rage, and difficult to forget" * Publishers Weekly *
"On the Edge, Chirbes's masterpiece, arrives as a message in a bottle among all the cans, rusting appliances, and tangled tackle. The fumes of the lagoon mix with the lingering sulfur of the Atocha railway-station bombing; the Spanish economy has all but collapsed. Who, or what, is to blame? Chirbes's novel accuses everyone" -- Joshua Cohen * Harper's *
"A moving, densely detailed portrait of people without hope" * Kirkus Reviews *

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