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Outlaws: SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2016 (Paperback)
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Outlaws: SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2016 (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 07/05/2015
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In the late 1970s, as Spain was adrift between the death of Franco and the rebirth of democracy, people were moving from the poor south to the cities of the north in search of a better life. But the work, when there was any, was poorly paid and the housing squalid. Out of this world of limited opportunities a generation of delinquents arose whose prospects were stifled and whose rebellion would be brief and violent... One summer's day in Gerona a bespectacled, sixteen-year-old Ignacio Canas, known to his few friends as Gafitas, is working in an amusement arcade, when a charismatic teenager walks in with the most beautiful girl Canas has ever seen. Zarco and Tere take over his pinball machine and his life. Thirty years on and now a successful criminal defence lawyer, Canas has tried to put that long, hot summer of drugs, yearning and delinquency behind him. But when Tere appears in his office and asks him to represent El Zarco, who has been in prison all this time, what else can Gafitas do but accept. A powerful novel of love and hate, of loyalty and betrayal, of true integrity and the prison celebrity can become, Outlaws confirms Javier Cercas as one of the most thrilling novelists writing anywhere in the world today.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408844205
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 306 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A moving meditation on youth, love, betrayal and the media, as well as an uncompromising political novel. Cercas has yet again expanded our idea of what fiction can do * Juan Gabriel Vasquez, author of The Secret History of Costaguana *
His novels probe the sore spots and raw wounds of contemporary Spain, their cunning and complexity leavened by a light touch and an easy, graceful style in which captivating dialogue becomes a genuinely dialect pursuit of truth * Boyd Tonkin, Independent on Sunday *
The beauty of this intelligently probing novel is that one is left wondering if we ever truly know anything about anybody - that anybody including ourselves * Scotsman *
Compelling ... Though the novel moves towards a suite of surprising and unsettling revelations about the characters, the real strengths of the book are in Cercas's unadorned prose, once again deftly translated by Anne McLean, and in his ear for the rhythms of everyday speech * Guardian *
Cercas adroitly balances the earlier criminal thrills with the later moral and emotional complexities * New Statesman *
The story is told entirely through speech - different speakers addressing an unnamed interviewer in alternating chapters. It's an elegant construction that gives immediacy and pace from the start * Literary Review *

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