By Miquel de Palol
Translated by Adrian Nathan West
Publication Date: March 21, 2023
During an atomic alarm in Barcelona in the year 2025, the thirty-year old hero takes refuge in a luxurious mansion in the mountains where he is put up, along with other guests, awaiting the outcome of the conflict. For the following seven days the residents of the mansion spend their spare time reading and taking walks , and, above all, telling stories to each other. The narrators (most of whom belong to the generation thirty years older than the hero's) are eight in number, and the stories they tell can be taken as autonomous ones, although, as the novel advances, it may soon be that when juxtaposed, they do indeed weave a web of intrigue about a family of bankers—a web that gradually involves some of the guests in the mansion.
The translation of this work has been supported by the Institut Ramon Llull.
“A succession of adventures that follow on through an endless series of stories.”—Ramon Pla i Arxé, El País
“A really unconventional jewel that gives exceptional powers to those who exercise control over it.”—Isodor Cónsul, Avui
“With this work, Miquel de Palol shows us that he is capable of going back to the roots of the novelistic genre to bring us back that rare flavour we always seek in fiction works. He does so with an ironic form of didacticism which appears impregnated with the empirical poise that characterizes the classics.”—Pere Rovira, La Vanguardia