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reconstrucción


Un momento de descanso
(novela)
Tusquets, 2011, 248 pp.

Arturo Cifuentes re-appears like a ghost from the past in the life of the narrator, Antonio Orejudo. Cifuentes is an old college friend and was Orejudo’s roommate in New York when they both started working in the United States. Seventeen years have gone by since they last saw each other, and a divorced Cifuentes has returned to Spain to become a member of the faculty in the university where they once studied. He has many stories to tell: his marital crisis, his unfortunate professional adventures, and most importantly, his falling out of love with the Humanities. The narrator, who also goes into the fevered experiences that marked him during those years, does not suspect that his old friend wants to propose something much more important that will affect them both: He wants to reveal the phonies for what they are and to expose the roots of an old and permanent conspiracy. The stories, which alternate between the emotional and the humorous, follow each other at an addictive pace. The different versions amplify, complement or contradict each other, as if it couldn’t possibly be any other way. What others tell us, what we tell ourselves, what the past tells us, and even the truths which we take for granted about institutions and disciplines, don’t they, in the end, make a “reality to size”?

"The novel has great comic force in many of its scenes, and it is a very pleasurable read thanks to the author’s talent for anecdotal storytelling and to his tendency towards cultural jokes and malicious allusions" El Periódico

"The reader jumps euphorically through the pages of this book and leaves them as a kid does a parade. Let happiness reign!" Qué Leer

"If Orejudo is not the best novelist in Spain today, I put my prestige on the line in affirming that he is – by far – the most interesting" Estado Crítico

Foreign rights held by Tusquets


reconstrucción


Reconstrucción
(Reconstruction)

Novel
Tusquets, 2005, 272 p.

In 1535, in the German city of Münster, Bernd Rothman, a particularly gifted orator, becomes the spiritual leader of the revolt against the church’s corrupt hierarchy. Outside the city, however, the Catholic armies get ready for the most merciless punishment. Eighteen years later, the general inquisitor of Lyon must urgently identify the author of an especially venomous anonymous manuscript,  whose diffusion must be quickly intercepted. It is the work of a brilliant philologist and theologian, who is also an expert in medicine, capable of sustaining the most heterodox theories about bodily functions. Joachim Pfister, an educated engraver of print types that deals with various workshops in France, must follow his lead.

Foreign rights held by Tusquets
Rights sold : German (Knaus), Portuguese (Dom Quixote), Russian (AST Publishers), Italian (Neri Pozza), Corea (Sodam&Taeil), Dutch (Der Arbeiderspers).



ventajas


Ventajas de viajar en tren
(Advantages of travelling by train)
Novel
Alfaguara, 2000, 152 p.
Winner of XV Premio Andalucía de Novela 2000

Literary agent Helga Pato has just taken her husband to a mental institution. On the train on the way home, she meets a strange man who tells her he is a doctor at the same hospital. A narrative tour de force, this strikingly graphic novel takes the reader on a journey. Along the way, we encounter a Mafia NGO, a spy network that analyses household rubbish and mental illness.  

Rights sold: French (Passage du Nord/Ouest) and Portuguese -Portugal and Brazil- (Ediçoes 70).
Spanish play, Teatro del Temple, 2004.




fabulosas narraciones







Fabulosas narraciones por historias
(Fabulous tales of histories)
Novel
©1996; Tusquets, 2007, 379 p.
Winner of the Tigre Juan prize in 1997 (best first novel ).

In the 1920s, Madrid’s most exclusive hall of residence is home to the likes of Lorca, Buñuel and Dalí, members of Spain’s future cultural elite. Three boys strike up a very close friendship. Patricio dreams of publishing his realistic novel The Beatles, Martiniano is Azorin’s nephew, and Santos, a country lad with a passion for pornographic literature. The three anti-establishment students endanger the hall’s ambitious project to create a new literary generation. Baron Leo and the famous philosopher Ortega y Gasset fight them in a desperate bid to protect the project they have co-founded. Written with irony and a sharp pen, this novel is a metaphor of literary creation.



Laure Merle d´Aubigné - Literary Agent - A.C.E.R. - C/ Amor de Dios 1 - 28014 Madrid - Spain