The Boys (Paperback)

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By Toni Sala, Mara Faye Lethem (Translator)
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“Beautifully composed, with a voice that is uniquely his own, Sala with The Boys, winner of Catalonia's highest literary award, heralds a stirring new voice in English translation. Sala's novel, set in an age of increasing detachment and anxiety, unflinchingly espies the tenuous connections and moral ambiguities of modern life. With vivid characters, confident prose, and a heady mix of style and substance, The Boys deserves major attention from devotees of international literature and especially fans of Antonio Lobo Antunes, Javier Marias, Goncalo Tavares, and Roberto Bolano.”
— Jeremy Garber (W), Powell's Books, Inc, Portland, OR


The once-bucolic Catalonian village of Vidreres has been ravaged by a harsh recession, and now two of its young men have died in a horrible car crash. As the town attends the funeral, a banker named Ernest heads to the tree where they died, trying to make sense of the tragedy. There he meets a brutish trucker, who in between Internet hookups and trips to prostitutes has taken a liking to Iona, the fiancee of one of the dead boys. Iona might be just what he needs to fix his tawdry life, but she's mixed up with an artist who makes frightening projects. Masterfully conjuring the voices of each of these four characters, Toni Sala entwines their lives and their feelings of guilt, fear, and rage over an unspeakable loss.
Long known as one of Spain's most powerful authors, Toni Sala is at his mischievous best here, delivering a sinister, fast-moving tale laced with intricate meditations on everything from social networks to Spain's economic collapse to the mysterious end that awaits us all. "The Boys" is a startlingly honest vision of the things we ll do in order to feel a little less alone in this world.

About the Author

Toni Sala is the author of over a dozen novels and works of nonfiction. In 2005 he was awarded the National Literature Prize by the Catalan government, and he has also received many other honors for his writing. He lives in Barcelona.

Mara Faye Lethem s translations have appeared in "The Best American Non-Required Reading, Granta, The Paris Review, Words Without Borders, " and "McSweeney s." She is the translator of "Papers in the Wind" by Eduardo Sacheri, "Wonderful World" by Javier Calvo, and others. She lives in Barcelona."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781931883498
ISBN-10: 1931883491
Publisher: Two Lines Press
Publication Date: November 10th, 2015
Pages: 256
Language: English