Colección particular / Private Collection
Short stories and novellas , 2017
The definitive selection of the best stories by Juan Marsé, featuring unpublished material.
Juan Marsé’s literature draws on oral narrative and stories rescued from the Barcelona neighbourhoods where he grew up. The post-war period, cinema, political and cultural satire, irony and melancholy, imposture and split personality, childhood and parenthood are some of the constants found throughout his works, which make him a genuine and unique narrator.
The nine stories featured in this private collection, revised especially for this edition, are texts that have marked Juan Marsé’s journey through life and literature over the years, from “Historias de detectives” (Detective stories) to “Noticias felices en aviones de papel” (Happy news on paper airplanes), not to mention the legendary “Lieutenant Bravo” and the playful “La liga roja en el muslo moreno” (The red garter on the dark thigh).
These carefully selected stories are followed by a variety of journalistic pieces covering the people and places that would later appear in Marsé’s most important novels. Finally, this volume ends with an unpublished text the reader won’t want to miss.
"Juan Marsé’s contribution to European fiction has been consistently remarkable." The Times Literary Supplement
"I consider Juan Marsé the best narrator Spanish literature has given us in many decades." Ignacio Echevarría
“Marsé’s ‘aventis’, cinema, epic vigour, humour and satire are intermingled in a sort of literary vade mecum of the writer par excellence for Barcelona’s Guinardó district.” Beatriz Pérez, Fugas, La Voz de Galicia
'Juan Marsé: la verdad imaginada', por Marc García, CTXT, Público, 3/5/2017