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Juan Antonio Masoliver Ródenas

Fontanills Street

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Acantilado

October 2010

224 pages

Narrative, Short Stories

Original Title: La calle Fontanills

The return to the obsessive world of infancy and puberty, with the town of Masnou as its centre: this is the territory that Juan Antonio Masoliver Ródenas has built on in the course of all his writings, with its particular and heartrending way of seeing the world. Fontanils Street brings together a collection of stories in which the struggle against nostalgia takes place in order to reconstruct the past, both personal and collective, by means of an exasperated, brutal realism that fuses into the absurd and the delirious. In these stories, which are essentially somatic and in which it is hard to separate off feelings from bodily experience, we discover the wounds that fear, loneliness and repression provoke in characters who will seem familiar to the reader, for every one of Masoliver’s books constitutes a new chapter in his universe as a writer. His narrative voice listens to itself in a therapeutic session in which the healthy person is the patient and the invalid is the therapist.

Praises

«I have been such an assiduous reader of Masoliver’s short stories that I read them nowadays as if affected by a special charm, as if his recreation of the world of Masnou, of that village near Barcelona, already belonged to me a little, even if that were because I am a frequent character in his stories and have become accustomed to seeing myself dented or mended in his books».
Enrique Vila-Matas, El País

«The short stories in Fontanils Street search for purity, for the return to the origins, to the nutritious breast, to the blank page».(Julià Guillamon, La Vanguardia).

«The book creates a penetrating, intelligent vision of human existence, one that is profoundly heartrending. Like a hard, deep swipe, it hurts and makes the soul of the best prepared reader bleed».
Antoni Gual, Qué Leer

«This is a metaliterary work: nearly everything in it has a referential meaning (and sometimes an autoreferential one). It also explores the sentimental education, or the sentimental diseducation, of the characters. And the panic of existence. It has held in store for us some of the greatest pleasures, and many of its pages may feel close to some of the novels of the late Cesare Pavese».
Jordi Llavina, AVUI

«There is a kind of writing that is fibrous, bare, stuck close to the bone, grooved with tendons and nerves. It may well take a long time to conquer: not a time of days or of months, but the time of an entire life».
Domingo Ródenas, El Periódico

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