El inquilino
Rights sold:
  • English: Bloomsbury
  • French: Actes Sud 
  • German: Wagenbach
  • Italian: Ugo Guanda
  • Portuguese: Asa (Portugal)
  • Turkish: Everest

El inquilino / The Tenant

Novel , 1989

Ed. El Acantilado

Pages: 144

The Tenant is the mischievous story of Mario Rota, a linguistics professor whose life starts to unravel after he twists his ankle while out jogging one day. A rival professor appears, takes over his classes and bewitches his girlfriend. Where will Rota's nightmare end - and where did it begin?  Written with a supremely light touch, that witty novella is an enjoyable masterpiece that lingers long in the memory. 

"Javier Cercas is one of the hottest properties in contemporary Spanish fiction... Cercas is a superficially humorous and profoundly disturbing author. In his novels, reality is less convincing than fiction and fantasy never stranger than truth." –Amanda Hopkinson, Observe 

"Light, clever and enjoyable ... assured and accomplished." –Allan Massie, Daily Telegraph

"Javier Cercas has some twisty Nabokovian fun with the plot ... the stories convey a sense of a novelist at play." –Financial Times