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Juan Antonio Masoliver Ródenas

The Night of Gunpowder Plot

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Acantilado

January 2006

232 pages

Narrative, Short Stories

Original Title: La noche de la conspiración de la pólvora

This collection of short stories invites us to join in a journey through the territories that set apart the memory and the imagination of the author. Here he does not just spill out his memories, but researches into collective memory. This is a sentimental asset that Masoliver Ródenas, adopting the role of a cardsharp, makes use of in order to share out melancholy, cruel children’s games, the conflictive world of adults and friends, eroticism and sex, amongst the inhabitants of his mythical territory. The names and the referents in these stories have all been found in reality, but their actions and their words, as in all his prose, are the result of the most shameless, brutal, amusing and irreverent fiction. Digging down into his memories, the author has created a community in order to be able to speak about the hard times of infancy, about the effrontery implied by growing up in a sordid world in which there is no place for ingenuity. They are those that now invite the reader to walk through a space that is, at one and the same time, magical, poetical, realistic, wounded, cruel and phantasmagorical.

Praises

«By virtue of their atmospheric associations, some of these stories make one think of the short prose works of Joyce, Machen or Monterroso».(Carles Barba, La Vanguardia).

«Half-way between his much admired Pavese and the brilliant portraits in James Joyce’s Dubliners».(Enrique Vila-Matas, El País).

«Narrated with a sober, magistral hand».(Domingo Ródenas de Moya, El Periódico).

«We have here one of the most coherent books of short stories that I have read in the past several months».(Juan Ángel Juristo, ABC).

«Masoliver possesses a prodigious ability to impregnate his short stories with atmospheres that appear to be real».(Diego Gándara, Qué Leer).«By virtue of their atmospheric associations, some of these stories make one think of the short prose works of Joyce, Machen or Monterroso».
Carles Barba, La Vanguardia

«Half-way between his much admired Pavese and the brilliant portraits in James Joyce’s Dubliners».
Enrique Vila-Matas, El País

«Narrated with a sober, magistral hand».
Domingo Ródenas de Moya, El Periódico

«We have here one of the most coherent books of short stories that I have read in the past several months».
Juan Ángel Juristo, ABC

«Masoliver possesses a prodigious ability to impregnate his short stories with atmospheres that appear to be real».
Diego Gándara, Qué Leer

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Acantilado

January 2006

1 pages

Narrative, Short Stories