Chirbes imbues the characters with passion and intellect…what emerges is a strong sense of late 20th-century Spanish culture and politics.
Publishers Weekly

An overflowing, mesmeric masterpiece about greed from “one of the most remarkable authors on the Spanish scene” (The Guardian)

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Cremation

Fiction by Rafael Chirbes

Translated by Valerie Miles

Along the Mediterranean coastline of Spain, real-estate developers scramble to transform the once pastoral landscape into tourist resorts, nightclubs, and beachfront properties with lavish bars and pools. The booming post-Franco years have left everything up for grabs. Cremation opens with the death of Matías, a paterfamilias who had rejected all of these changes and whose passing sets off a chain reaction, uncovering a past that had been buried for years, and leading those closest to him to question the paths they’ve chosen.

In a rich mosaic narrative, filled with a hypnotic chorus of voices, Cremation explores the coked-up champagne fizz of luxurious parties shadowed by underworlds of political corruption, prostitution, and ruthless financial speculation. The novel enters that melancholy ouroboros of capitalist greed that led to the financial crash and captures something essential about our values, our choices, and our all too human mistakes. Like William Faulkner or Francis Bacon, Chirbes stares, clear-eyed, into the abyss, and portrays us as we really are.

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Paperback (published November 2, 2021)

ISBN
9780811224307
Price US
18.95
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
432

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9780811224314
Chirbes imbues the characters with passion and intellect…what emerges is a strong sense of late 20th-century Spanish culture and politics.
Publishers Weekly
A man’s death stirs thoughts among his family and friends, who are also connected by their experience of Spain’s economic surge through the early aughts. A challenging excursion from one of Europe’s most distinctive voices.
Kirkus (starred review)
Utterly convincing in its psychological details, but also memorable for the beauty of its writing and rhythms.
—Colm Tóibín
Rafael Chirbes is a master of the kind of Spanish literature that shines most brightly in lyrical descriptive passages and powerful metaphors.
—Mara Faye Lethem, The New York Times