Antagonía / Antagony
Novel , 2012
First edition in a single volume of the quartet: Recuento, Los verdes de mayo hasta el mar, La cólera de Aquiles and Teoría del conocimiento.
With its colossal size, Antagonía is undoubtedly one of the highest peaks of the Spanish narrative. Recognize from very early on as a masterpiece, the extraordinary scope of this novel remains unknown to many readers for the misunderstandings that arose after it was published in four installments.
Thirty years after it was concluded, Antagonía is a novel largely to be discovered not only by the new generations —which must be affected by the surprising validity of its narrative expositions—, but also for the many others who in the past did a partial reading of any of his “books”.
Hence, the value of this new edition, which finally presents the novel as it should have been perceived from the start: as an inseparable whole. A monumental work whose achievements are compared to those of works such as A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce, In Search of Lost Time, by Marcel Proust, or The Man Without Qualities, by Robert Musil.
“The best novel written in Spain, I was almost going to say in Spanish, in a very long time”. Guillermo Cabrera Infante
“One of the most important and truly new works of the current narrative in Spanish”. Pere Gimferrer
“One thousand one hundred pages of literature in its purest form”. Darío Villanueva
“The greatest narrative endeavour of the last five years of Spanish history”. Rafael Conte
“Luis Goytisolo is situated in the allegorical lineage, from Dante, Calderón and Gracián to James Joyce; but in large part he also converges with the rebels to any design other than the musical one, such as Proust and Faulkner, Beckett or Juan Benet”. Gonzalo Sobejano
“An ambitious and complex book (...) oriented toward the creation of a new language, a way of writing that breaks the traditional molds of the fictional story and inaugurates new ones”. Mario Vargas Llosa
“A consolidated classic and a breakthrough novel at the same time. Dante Alighieri gives Goytisolo the inspiration for a literary construction that is not only vast and lapidary, elaborated in its architecture and exquisite in its details, but, more importantly, it has provided a paradigm for the type of work that it does justice to both the integrity of the individual conscience and the myriad of experiences and influences that make up its universe”. Michael Kerrigan, The Times Literary Supplement
“Imperishable work”. Jesús Ferrer, La Razón
“No European novel of the last half of this century has so accurately reflected the irreversible transformation of an individual, a group and a nation. Using dazzling intelligence and humor… A masterpiece. The greatest literary monument that our city has deserved and achieved.” Miguel Dalmau, La Vanguardia
“One of the great novels of the last century, comparable in its achievements, and not only in its ambition, to titles like A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce, In Search of Lost Time, by Marcel Proust, or The Man Without Qualities, by Robert Musil”. From the prologue by Ignacio Echevarría