Barcelona, España, 1974

Born in Barcelona in 1974, Teresa Muñoz holds a degree in Catalan studies and a master’s in cultural management from the University of Barcelona. Her professional career has always been linked to the publishing world and teaching of the Catalan language. Com si fos ahir is her first novel.

  •  She is perfectly familiar with the secrets of language, and knows how to create and recreate stories that stir the essences of the intimacy of the soul.” Jordi Capdevila, El Punt Avui
  • A new voice capable of disturbing. Marià Veloy, Time Out

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A family saga full of secrets and emotions.

Teresa Muñoz is a new talent on the Catalan literary scene. In this moving and intriguing second novel, she takes us to Barcelona’s post-war Gothic Quarter to weave a family story of crime, secrets, frustrated loves and inconfessable sins in a dark period of injustice and misery.

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A family saga full of secrets and emotions.

Teresa Muñoz is a new talent on the Catalan literary scene. In this moving and intriguing second novel, she takes us to Barcelona’s post-war Gothic Quarter to weave a family story of crime, secrets, frustrated loves and inconfessable sins in a dark period of injustice and misery.

Angela is about to turn 50, and hasn’t been with anyone since she lost her partner. Before her death, her mother entrusted her with a family secret in the hopes that she would write a novel about it. Angela starts to write in the old flat inherited from her mother. During her breaks, she goes out onto the balcony for some fresh air. This space becomes the focal point for a new love when she meets her new neighbour, Hector, to whom she feels attracted. Her encounters with Hector are interspersed with explorations of her family’s past. Angela discovers that her own salvation will only be possible if she makes her mother’s history her own, starting with a flame that burns and reveals all the secrets hidden under the weight of a vile dictatorship.

The literary debut of a new and promising female voice 

For some time now, Sabina has been suffering from a series of worrying symptoms: nightmares, panic attacks, tachycardia and fainting. In addition to her natural concern for her mother's health as she suffers from Alzheimer's, there is the chronic coldness between herself and her husband, with whom she has maintained a disenchanted marriage for four years, purely out of inertia and the fear of being alone. She is also forced to resign from her job as a graphic designer. 

Sabina knows that something is not working in her life, and it's not her mother's illness, the collapse of her marriage, or her job problems. It's something more: unfinished business from her past, a blank page that she must rewrite if she wants to regain control of her life.

“A new voice capable of unsettling the reader.” –Time Out

“A jewel, a diamond in the rough.” –La pequeña librería