Quim Monzó's latest collection of short stories is rife with very unfortunate characters. There's the young boy who is upbraided by his teacher when he rudely shows up for class with a huge gash in his neck. And the price fails completely... In classic Quim Monzó fashion, though, absurdity offsets the "moronic" sadness- such as a man who decides to finally overcome his commitment issues and marry his dying girlfriend, only to have everything backfire; or a family that meticulously records every moment of their gathering.
An excellent combination of longer, elegiac stories of "morons", aging, and the passage of time- with short, flashier pieces that display Monzó's wit and playfulness- make this one of the strongest collections in the oeuvre of Catalan's short fiction master.