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'A book of deep reckoning' New York Times 'Becomes a way of looking honestly at what mourning really feels like' Guardian A man in tumult returns to Ordesa, the small mountain town where he was born, and where his parents have recently died. He sits down to write. Newly sober, his career on the wane, his relationship with his own children strained, what he produces is a dizzying chronicle of his childhood and an unsparing account of his life's trials, failures and triumphs. He reckons with the ghosts of his parents, the pain of loss and, as the pages fill with words, he tries to piece together the bits of himself. What is a person without a family? What is a person when faced with memories alone? An autobiographical novel by a Spanish literary icon, written with the intimacy of a diary, Ordesa is a beautiful, redemptive meditation on identity, grief and the passing of time.
Manuel Vilas was born in Spain in 1962. He is an award-winning poet and novelist. Ordesa has sold over 100,000 copies in Spain and has gone on to become a phenomenon across Europe, being translated into fifteen languages. Ordesa is the first of his works to be translated into English and was the winner of the Prix Femina etranger 2019. He currently resides in Madrid. Andrea Rosenberg is a translator from Spanish and Portuguese. Her full-length translations include novels and graphic narratives by Tomas Gonzalez, Ines Pedrosa, Aura Xilonen, Juan Gomez Barcena, Paco Roca and Marcelo D'Salete. Two of her translations have won ...More About Manuel Vilas