This volume brings together three short novels by Catalan literature's great maverick and recluse, each depicting a brutal, abstract world where words are the only reality--shifting between the erudite, the archaic, and the vulgar.
Carrer Marsala, which won prizes from the City of Barcelona and the Generalitat de Catalunya--neither of which Bau bothered to accept--is a relentless monologue delivered by a paranoid hypochondriac obsessed with dental hygiene, sex, and his own squalid rooms in Barcelona.
In The Old Man, the narrator observes a strange building where a decrepit prisoner is ritually beaten by a policeman once a week.
The Warden details the narrator's own captivity, and his relationship with the woman who keeps him prisoner.
In Martha Tennent's haunting translation, reminiscent of a Mediterranean Beckett or Thomas Bernhard, Miquel Bau 's work is a pungent reminder of the ways the world fails its prophets and pariahs.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
- Publication Date: 21/08/2012
- Category: Short stories
- ISBN: 9781564787705
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