The Endless Rose

The Endless Rose

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By Carlos Maleno

Translated by Eric Kurtzke

ISBN: 9781628973174

Publication Date: 12/13/2022

In this disquieting, haunting work, a one-legged woman’s manuscript is accepted by a small publishing house consisting of two friends. Stunned and excited by her writing, they invite her to visit them in the South of Spain.

The hypnotic, gut-wrenching events that follow—revolving around a brutal murder mentioned in the book’s first pages—are plunged into an atmosphere of dreams, violence, and bizarre coincidence.

Maleno has managed to distill a mash of Michel Houellebecq (who figures as a character here), Roberto Bolaño (The Endless Rose takes its title from a fictional novel mentioned in the Chilean’s posthumous masterpiece), and Enrique Vila-Matas (whose technique of textured allusion Maleno has mastered) into a strange brew that is all his own.

Other Books by Carlos Maleno

The Irish Sea

Biographical Information

Carlos Maleno is a short-story writer, novelist, and sales broker for a produce company in Almería, Spain, the place of his birth and his current residence. His debut, The Irish Sea (Dalkey, 2017), won Spain’s Argaria Prize for Best Narrative Work in 2014. The Endless Rose is his second and latest novel.

Eric Kurtzke is a literary translator and assistant editor at Dalkey Archive Press. His translation of Carlos Maleno’s The Irish Sea was short-listed for the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute Translation Prize in 2018.