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- DescriptionOn 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 ecomic 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 vel unfolds in Esteban's raw and tormented mologues. But other voices resound from the wreckage and their words, sharp as knives, crowd their terse, hyptic mologues 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 vel as an indelible masterpiece.
- Author BiographyRafael Chirbes (1949-2015) wrote nine novels and received the National Prize for Literature and the Critics Prize for On the Edge. ABC named him 'the best writer of the twenty-first century in Spain'.
- PrizesWinner of Premio Nacional de Narrativa (National Novel Prize) 2014.
- Author(s)Rafael Chirbes
- PublisherVintage Publishing
- Date of Publication07/07/2016
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintHarvill Secker
- Weight759 g
- Width162 mm
- Height242 mm
- Spine39 mm
- Translated byMargaret Jull Costa
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