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The Siege in the Room: Carrer Marsala / The Old Man / The Warden
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Dalkey Archive Pr
Publication date July 24, 2012
Pages 149
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781564787705
ISBN-10 1564787702
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $14.95
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This volume brings together three short novels by Catalan literature's great maverick and recluse, each depicting a brutal, abstract world where words are the only reality--shifting between the erudite, the archaic, and the vulgar. "Carrer Marsala," which won prizes from the City of Barcelona and the Generalitat de Catalunya--neither of which Bau bothered to accept--is a relentless monologue delivered by a paranoid hypochondriac obsessed with dental hygiene, sex, and his own squalid rooms in Barcelona. In "The Old Man," the narrator observes a strange building where a decrepit prisoner is ritually beaten by a policeman once a week. "The Warden" details the narrator's own captivity, and his relationship with the woman who keeps him prisoner. In Martha Tennent's haunting translation, reminiscent of a Mediterranean Beckett or Thomas Bernhard, Miquel Bau 's work is a pungent reminder of the ways the world fails its prophets and pariahs.

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9781564787705 | details & prices | 149 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $14.95
About: This volume brings together three short novels by Catalan literature's great maverick and recluse, each depicting a brutal, abstract world where words are the only reality--shifting between the erudite, the archaic, and the vulgar.

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