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Things Look Different in the Light & Other Stories

Things Look Different in the Light & Other Stories (Paperback)

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A beautifully crafted collection of short stories from the Spanish master of the form. From one of the finest short-story writers in Spanish, this is the first anthology of his work to appear in English. Like Anton Chekhov and Katherine Mansfield, Medardo Fraile is a chronicler of the minor tragedies and triumphs of ordinary life, and each short tale opens up an entire exquisite world. 'Fraile's stories represent a radical challenge, to make us see the world with a fresh eye.' TLS Medardo Fraile, born in Madrid in 1925, is considered to be one of Spain's finest short-story writers. The collection Cuentos de verdad (on which this anthology is based), won him the 1965 Premio Nacional de la Critica. While his stories have appeared in translation in other story collections, this is the first complete anthology of his work to appear in English. Things Look Different in the Light is introduced by Ali Smith and translated by Margaret Jull Costa, the award-winning translator of Jose Saramago, Fernando Pessoa and Javier Marias.

Fiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryShort stories Publisher: Pushkin Press Publication Date: 02/01/2014 ISBN-13: 9781908968180  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Medardo Fraile b.1925 grew up in Madrid, and lived through the siege of the city during the Spanish Civil War. He first achieved literary recognition for his work in experimental theatre, becoming part of a group including Alfonso Sastre and Alfonso Paso, and writing the acclaimed play El Hermano. During the Fifties his focus moved to short-story writing, and he left Franco's Spain to eventually settle in Scotland, as a Professor at the University of Strathclyde. His stories won him many prizes, including the Critica, Sesamo and Estafeta Literaria prizes as well as the Hucha de Oro. He died in 2013

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'Child's Play', 'The Last Shout' and 'The Shirt' - three shining examples of what the short story can achieve and my personal favourites from a collection of astonishing quality. Fraile's prose is lovely and his translator, the unbeatable Margaret Jull Costa, deserves much praise for bringing the wisdom and sensitivity of his work to the Anglophone world. A suggestion: if you're looking for a gift, this is it. There's something shareable about Fraile, something that makes you want to pass his work on. It's to promote books like this that I became a bookseller. I am smitten.


Gary, Assistant Head of Fiction

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 25/03/2015


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