In this raw story, Diary of Disgust examines, in extremely sensitive prose, the meaning of life in a society where happiness is an obligation.
Mateo comes back home with bandaged forearms and the certainty that he’s failed at everything: family, marriage, work, and even killing himself. He’s not crazy, he’s just a normal guy who doesn’t really feel like living. But Mateo is, above all, a responsible man who feels obliged to return to what was his home. Not only will he have to live again with his father’s neuroses; he’ll also have to reside with the ghost of his deceased mother and his absent brother. When life seems to ease into routine and tedium, he will meet Micaela, a teenage neighbor, dark and luminous at the same time, and the two of them will become friends in secret. Almost without knowing it, Micaela will become a fundamental and decisive factor in Mateo’s life.
“An exceptional writer. As usual in Isabel Bono’s literature, there is a lot of poison––the good kind-, served up wisely in a prose free of rhetorical machinery that takes our breath away, both because of what she says as well as how she says it.” Fernando Aramburu, El Mundo
“She writes with bravery uncommon for the Spanish novel, and instead of making concessions to political correctness, she discloses the politically incorrect depravities of the human soul.” El Correo
“A splendid novel that cuts no deals with convention. The author plays with language, structure, dialogue, and situations, molding them at her will. The book abounds with beautiful and powerful images. It has a rare intensity, it radiates a hard-to-describe energy, and this makes it a vibrant text that resounds in your memory long after you’ve finished it.” Heraldo de Aragón
“A brave generational account of the emotions.” El Cultural (El Mundo)
“Isabel Bono tells it easy, humane, with humorous touches reminiscent of Buster Keaton.” Opinión de Málaga
“An author who reveals herself in every phrase. Without a shield and without a net.” Sur
“At the end, all that’s left is death and the desire to die. But first, read the powerful Diario del asco!” Cultura/s (La Vanguardia)
Isabel Bono was born in Málaga in 1964. She has a long career as a poet, and her first novel, Una casa en Bleturge (A House in Bleturge, 2017), was awarded the 2016Café Gijón Prize. Her poetry books include Los días felices (Happy Days, 2003, León Felipe Poetry Prize), Pan comido (Eaten Bread, 2011), Hojas secas mojadas (Dry Wet Leaves, 2013), Cahier (2014), Desde otra vida (From Another Life, 2017) and Lo seco (Dry, 2017). Diary of Disgust is a story at once raw and lyrical, about absence, love, and hate, with a broken family in the background.
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