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Such Small Hands


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Andres Barba is the one the most lauded contemporary Spanish writers. He is the author of twelve books, including August, October and Rain Over Madrid. In addition to literary fiction, he has written essays, poems, books of photography, and translations of De Quincey and Melville. His books have been translated into ten languages.Lisa Dillman translates from Spanish and Catalan and teaches in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Emory University. Some of her recent translations include Signs Preceding the End of the World, by Yuri Herrera, which won the 2016 Best Translated Book Award; Rain Over Madrid, by Andres Barba; Monastery, co-translated with Daniel Hahn, by Eduardo Halfon; and Salting the Wound, by Victor del Arbol.Edmund White has written biographies of Jean Genet, Marcel Proust, and Arthur Rimbaud. He has also written several novels; the most recent is Our Young Man. He teaches creative writing at Princeton.


Barba inhabits the minds of children with an exactitude that seems to me so uncanny as to be almost sinister.--Sarah Perry, the GuardianBarba is intensely alive to the shifting, even Janus-faced nature of strong feeling.--San Francisco ChronicleSuch Small Hands is a magnificently chilling antidote to society's reverence for ideas of infantile innocence and purity.--Financial TimesBarba's stunning and beautiful prose helps us realize that our adult incomprehension is not absolute.--Los Angeles Review of BooksEach one of these pages is exquisite, and the end result is a perfectly expressed work that transmits the perverse and bizarre experience that is youth, where games signify life and death and where relationships are teased and pushed to the breaking point.--Music & LiteratureA lyrically rich and devastating portrayal of adolescent struggle.--ZYZZYVAA darkly evocative work about young girls, grief, and the unsettling, aching need to belong.&mdas;Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)Barba explores what the dynamics of an orphanage reveal about any insular community and the trials of its inevitable outcast.--Idra Novey, author of Ways to DisappearAndres Barba needs no advice. He has already created a world that is perfectly realized and has a craft that is inappropriate for a writer of his age.--Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize for LiteratureIn my opinion, Barba has become an essential writer.--Rafael Chirbes, author of On the EdgeAndres Barba is one of several impressive writers from Spain at work on fiction that brilliantly dissects the business of being alive.--Eileen Battersby, The Irish TimesAn unsettling, tightly controlled book.--Stephen Sparks, Green Apple Books (San Francisco)Such Small Hands is a stick of dynamite. Nothing like having your world rearranged in two sittings.--Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore (Houston)I don't think I've ever read such a massively tiny book. A poignant and truly gratifying novel.--Nick Buzanski, Book Culture (New York)In stunning prose, Andres Barba probes the fissures that words stitch together long enough to form a scar. Love, hate, trauma--they're tightly coiled in Such Small Hands into that most universal of scars, childhood, and the results, also like childhood, are unsettling.--Brad Johnson, Diesel, A Bookstore (Oakland)Andres Barba's magnificent novel will haunt you, and continue to haunt you when you least expect it.--Caitlin Luce Baker, University Book Store (Seattle)

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