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    • Fiction

      Fin de temporada

      by Ignacio Martínez de Pisón

      A road along the Portuguese border, June 1977. Juan and Rosa, little more than adolescents, have an appointment in a clandestine abortion clinic, but an accident keeps them from reaching their destination. Almost twenty years later, Rosa and her son Iván begin what will be their life’s project, the restoration of a campground on the Costa Dorada on the other end of the peninsula. Since Iván was born, they have lived in different places, always tentatively, always alone, fleeing from a past that will soon catch up with them. Season's End is a novel about the sometimes venomous strength of blood ties, about family secrets that condemn every generation to repeat the same errors, and about how knowledge transforms us into other people. Ignacio Martínez de Pisón creates memorable characters here in an extraordinary tale of mother and son that extends across nearly a quarter of a century, revealing to us how things unresolved in the past can trap us despite, or even because of, our attempts to ignore them.

    • Science & Mathematics

      Life, the Great Story

      by Juan Luis Arsuaga

      Paleontology describes the history of life on earth  and chronicles evolutionary events in distinctly narrative terms. This book tells that story, covering over three thousand five hundred million years and going further still, seeking out explanations. Faced with any big historical fact, it’s perfectly natural to wonder whether it’s the result of an inexorable process, or whether things might have turned out quite differently or perhaps never even happened at all. Clearly, this line of reasoning can be applied to evolution too. Was life on Earth inevitable? Was it bound to result in an intelligent and technologically advanced species in the end? Was it just a matter of time (and a very long wait - more than three and a half thousand million years)? How much in our evolutionary history was pure chance and how much was inescapable? There are obvious philosophical implications to these questions. How would you react to the news that - as science fiction would have us believe - the universe is teeming with life and there are civilizations just like ours on countless other planets? How would you feel about finding out we’re not so special after all, certainly not the centre of the universe, but just one little corner tucked away among dozens of others? Alternatively, what if scientists concluded it’s virtually impossible for life to exist anywhere other than Earth (given that conditions are so exacting and the likelihood of them being realized is so infinitely remote)? What if they told you that once life had developed here (the only place it could), it was simply a matter of course that a human being would one day appear? If that turns out to be true, the human race once again takes centre stage, despite the fact that our planet revolves around a humble yellow star perched on the periphery of a galaxy that is just one of hundreds of billions of others in the visible universe.

    • Fiction

      Rolling Fields

      by David Trueba

      Laugh-out-loud funny, deeply moving and featuring an unforgettable cast of characters - from Ecuadorian drivers to Spanish Bowie lookalikes - Rolling Fields is a novel full of the grace and messiness of life: brave, exciting and completely irresistible. Dani Mosca is 40 and his father has just died. Fulfilling his father's last wishes, Dani embarks on a road trip back to his childhood village, a three-hour hearse journey from Madrid. Leaving behind the busy streets of the city for the deserted, archaic heart of Spain, Dani revisits the key junctions of his life: his conflicted relationship with a pragmatic and authoritarian father; the mystery of his birth; his school years in the repressed atmosphere of Catholic Spain; the origin of his band and its early successes; the emptiness left by a tragically lost friendship; his great loves. Underpinned by a sturdy structure, David Trueba once again brings his prodigious narrative prowess to bear, turning his penetrating gaze on the baffling contradictions that surround us and venturing forth, clear-eyed, into the labyrinth of emotion and feelings. The outcome is a dazzling book that throbs with life on every page.

    • Fiction

      San, the Book of Miracles

      by Manuel Astur

      “There is a moment during those tranquil summer sunsets when a person would see things shimmer, as if they were giving back something of that generous light they received throughout the day. That was when Marcelino stopped whatever he was doing, got up, wiped the back of his hand across his forehead, and looked down into the valley at his feet. Everything shone and echoed like a bell of golden light. On that July sunset, too, Marcelino stopped and looked. The house, the granary, the carriage… everything glowed, profiled against the deep blue sky where the first bright star announced the coming of a new era. Everything but the big spot of blood in the sawdust and his brother’s body… He hadn’t meant to do him harm.” This beautiful and surprising novel is like a mirror that reflects us all. Whether readers are from the country or the city, they will be able to glimpse a mythic world in which history is just another story told by the campfire, and in it, they will file their gaze until it is as sharp as that of the protagonist.

    • Fiction

      The Map of the Affections

      by Ana Merino

      Valeria, a young schoolteacher in a secret relationship with Tom, who is thirty years her senior, is confronted with a sentimental dilemma and wants to understand the meaning of love. In the tiny town where she lives, Lilian disappears without a trace while her husband is on the other side of the world. Obsessed with women, Greg, frequents a brothel on the outskirts of town to get away from his problems, until he gets found out in the worst way possible. Through moments like these that make up the life of a small rural community, we are plunged into the day-to-day mysteries of its inhabitants. Not only will their lives cross over the course of fifteen years, but they will be influenced by the magnetic force of affections, the randomness of chance, the poetic justice that at times gives rise to the most unexpected occurrences. The Map of the Affections follows the trail of the people who make up the hidden stories of places––places that evoke absences and strange events, where inexplicable crimes take places, where private and family tensions abide and the drive for goodness is the only thing that permits people to go on living.

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