A mesmerizing and haunting story, Paris is the first novel in English-language translation by award-winning author Marcos Giralt Torrente, a master craftsman calibrating nuance and impact with a true gift.
Description: “ ‘One often lies to and deceives the person one loves most in order to preserve their love, or to protect them.’ . . . I think about those words. . . . The protecting lie is the one you admit to when there’s no longer any need to protect, and the lie intended to preserve love is the one you never reveal. I think this reluctantly and wonder how much my mother will keep silent about until the end of her days and how much she is holding back until the time comes for it to be told.”
Paris depicts a man’s journey through the labyrinth of his memories, a search for his origins that will uncover an old family secret and turn his world upside down. A mesmerizing and haunting story by award-winning author Marcos Giralt Torrente, a master craftsman calibrating nuance and impact with a true gift.
Praise for the orginal Spanish edition:
“There are first novels that are anything but the work of a newcomer; the justness of the perceptions imposes itself, its potency and the mastery of its phrasing leave no room for doubt. Paris is one of these.” Le Monde
“An interesting heir to the new paths opened up over a decade ago by authors such as J. Marías, E. Vila-Matas and I. Martínez de Pisón.” El País
About the author:
Marcos Giralt Torrente (Madrid, 1968) is an award-winning writer from Madrid. He has published several books, including the novels Paris (Herralde Novel Award), Los seres felices and Tiempo de vida (Spanish National Book Award), the novella Nada sucede solo and the collections of short stories Entiéndame and El final del amor (International Short Fiction Award Ribera del Duero), released in English by McSweeneys as The End of Love and longlisted in the 2014 BTBA.
GIRALT TORRENTE, MARCOS
Marcos Giralt Torrente (Madrid, 1968) es uno de los autores más valorados de la literatura española actual. Debutó en 1995 con la colección de cuentos Entiéndame, a la que siguieron las novelas París (Premio Herralde de Novela) y Los seres felices. Su último libro, Tiempo de vida, cosechó un aplauso unánime y fue destacado por la crítica entre los mejores de 2010. Es autor también del relato largo Nada sucede solo (Premio Furest i Roca) y de la colección de microrrelatos Cuentos vagos. Traducido a diversos idiomas, pertenece a la Orden de Caballeros del Finnegans y ha sido escritor residente de prestigiosas instituciones europeas como la Santa Maddalena Foundation o el Berlin Artists-in-Residence Programme.