The Last Days of Terranova (Paperback)

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The Last Days of Terranova (Paperback)

By Manuel Rivas, Jacob Rogers (Translated by)


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A far-reaching story of an outcast and his bookstore: a home to forbidden books, political dissidents, and cultural smugglers all brought to vivid poetic life

“Rivas is a master… His pages bloom like flowers, swerving in unpredictable arcs toward a light-source that is constantly moving.”  —Bookforum

The Last Days of Terranova tells of Vicenzo Fontana, the elderly owner of the long-standing Terranova Bookstore, on the day it's set to close due to the greed of real-estate speculators. On this final day, Vincenzo spends the night in his beloved store filled with more than seventy years of fugitive histories.
Jumping from the present to various points in the past, the novel ferries us back to Vicenzo's childhood, when his father opened the store in 1935, to the years that the store was run by his Uncle Eliseo, and to the years in the lead-up to the democratic transition, which Vicenzo spent as far away from the bookstore as possible, in Madrid.
Like the bookstore itself, The Last Days of Terranova is a space crammed with stories, histories, and literary references, and as many nooks, crannies, and complexities, brought to life in Rivas’s vital prose.
Manuel Rivas Barrós is an award-winning Galician writer, poet, screenwriter, and journalist, and considered a revolutionary in contemporary Galician literature. He began his writing career at the age of 15, and has since published nine anthologies of poetry, fourteen novels, collected essays, and news articles. His 1998 novel O lápis do carpinteiro (The Carpenter's Pencil) is the most widely translated work in the history of Galician literature, and was also adapted to film. Rivas has received the Spanish Critics' Prize, the Galician Critics' Prize, the National Literature Prize for Narrative, the Spanish Critics' Prize, and the National Critics’ Prize in Galician for Os libros arden mal, which was also named Book of the Year by booksellers in Madrid. Jacob Rogers is a translator of Galician prose and poetry. His translation of Carlos Casares’s novel, His Excellency, came out from Small Stations Press in 2017. 
Product Details ISBN: 9781953861320
ISBN-10: 1953861326
Publisher: Archipelago
Publication Date: November 15th, 2022
Pages: 400
Language: English
"Rivas' sentences are aflame with philosophy and well-wrought beauty; beauty that, at times, supersedes the narrative itself. Rogers' translation from the original Galician is lucid and musical. . . As beautifully incongruous as a human mind."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Rivas offers a tender requiem for a venerable Spanish bookstore . . . Literary and political history regularly intertwine: as dictatorships and revolutions come and go, the store is raided by secret police amid discussions of Andre Breton and walk-ons by the likes of Jorge Luis Borges. Terranova comes to encapsulate histories both personal and national, a vantage point to glimpse the melancholy and ecstasy of the characters and their culture . . . This hits the spot, both as a love letter to and postmortem of the world of ideas."
--Publishers Weekly