On the Edge

On the Edge

Book - 2016
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On the Edge opens with the discovery of a rotting corpse in the marshes on the outskirts of Olba, Spain--a town wracked by despair after the burst of the economic bubble, and a microcosm of a world of defeat, debt, and corruption. Stuck in this town is Esteban--his small factory bankrupt, his investments stolen by a "friend," and his unloved father, a mute invalid, entirely his personal burden. Much of the novel unfolds in Esteban's raw and tormented monologues. But other voices resound from the wreckage--soloists stepping forth from the choir--and their words, sharp as knives, crowd their terse, hypnotic monologues of ruin, prostitution, and loss.

Chirbes alternates this choir of voices with a majestic third-person narration, injecting a profound and moving lyricism and offering the hope that a new vitality can emerge from the putrid swamps.On the Edge, even as it excoriates, pulsates with robust life, and its rhythmic, torrential style marks the novel as an indelible masterpiece.

Publisher: New York : New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2016
ISBN: 9780811222846
Branch Call Number: FICTION Chirbes, Rafael
Characteristics: 410 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Costa, Margaret Jull - Translator
Alternative Title: En la orilla. English


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Sep 15, 2018

Cynical, but powerful.

Sep 16, 2017

If you like James Joyce's "Ulysses" you might like this. Otherwise, don't bother. Hard to follow the various characters and assumes you have considerable knowledge about the Spanish Civil War.


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