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Quaderns Crema

August 2022

208 pages

Diaries and correspondence, Essay

Original Title: La tardor em sobta

La tardor em sobta is a diary in which Francesc Parcerisas ponders the fragmentation of experience, and the modern impossibility of making sense of the whole. If, for Stendhal, “a novel is a mirror carried along a high road”, the texts coming together in this book are nothing more than bits of mirrors that Parcerisas has painstakingly gathered along many waysides: thoughts, readings, annotations, quotations, sketches, and more. These are chipped or elusive fragments that suddenly reveal crucial parts of meaning because they hide, beneath words that often fail us, the curiosity with which Parcerisas has always gazed upon life, or that of life’s gaze upon him, twinkling like a distant lighthouse in the night. These morsels give him the opportunity to imaginatively reconstruct—as he previously did with La primavera a Pequín (2013) and Un estiu (2018)—the part of the whole to which they may have once belonged, like fleeting glimmers of the life story we are always rewriting.

Praises

“Parcerisas has the serene prose of a wise spirit.”
Jordi Amat, La Vanguardia

“Parcerisas excels at giving voice to pleasures and moods. He describes sensations, memories, and thoughts that overlap in a disorderly, harmonious way.”
Vicenç Pagès Jordà, El Periódico de Catalunya

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