The Siege in the Room : Three Novellas, Paperback / softback Book

The Siege in the Room : Three Novellas Paperback / softback


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 / softback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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  • Category: Short stories
  • ISBN: 9781564787705

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