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LIFE EMBITTERS

Publishing house :
ARCHIPELAGO BOOKS
Year of edition:
Matter
fiction
ISBN:
978-0-914671-13-8
Pages :
600
Binding :
RÚSTEGA
availability:
Immediately available

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Life Embitters is Pla's Pandora's box of surprises, flitting with melancholic irony from one end of the continent to the short story. He collects encounters from the streets of pre-Depression Europe: rogues and strays in boarding houses in Barcelona, a Parisian café owner addicted to gambling on hourses, exiles struggling to survive in a Berlin struck by hyperinflation and the rise of Nazism, a Greek shipping agent fond of frogs, a flaneur in St. James Park whose pleasure at the sight of sparrows enjoying a morning tryst soon turns to horror when a penguin decides it's time for a crunchy snack. These crystalline, bittersweet stories confirm Josep Pla as a master of irony in his portrayal of ordinary lives across Europe between the end of the Great War and the collapse of Wall Street.

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