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Javier Mije

The Fabulous World of Nothing

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Acantilado

June 2010

104 pages

Narrative, Short Stories

Original Title: El fabuloso mundo de nada

Everything is tolerable if one lacks imagination, or if one only plays the white keys of the piano without touching the black ones which conceal the more strident sounds. At what point does the score narrow down to the final limits of a monochord melody, and at what point does life start to make decisions for you? These pages are full of love, violence, loneliness and failure, traversed by bewildered hearts, stars which keep pulsing out pain long after they are extinguished, signs that warn of the end of time, and clocks that invariably stop at the same cruel hour. This is a book which embraces South London residential neighbourhoods, a night train to Lisbon and the most chic Barcelona which, without warning, descends into the stench of a fairground stall.

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«A beautiful, subtle book with nothing redundant about it».
La Vanguardia

«A hundred pages replete with literary beauty».
El País

«Short, intense stories, full of wrecked, unbalanced, stubborn, solitary, selfish characters who are desperate for love».
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