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This is an auction for two books by JAVIER CERCAS in a single volume.

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* THE MOTIVE review:

“The Tenant and The Motive are two darkly humorous novellas by one of Spain's leading contemporary authors, who is best known for his novel "Soldiers of Salamis," the winner of the 2004 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. In the first novella, a university professor of linguistics experiences a Kafkaesque turn of events after an ankle sprain, as a renowned (but unknown to him) fellow linguistics professor moves in next door to him, takes over his office and classes, and steals his girlfriend while he remains powerless to change his fate. In "The Motive", a part-time lawyer and budding writer envisions a novel in which a young couple in financial straits murders an elderly man for his hidden money, but he has trouble putting voices to the characters. The writer befriends a couple and an old man who live in the same building as he, and, in a reversal of the concept of "life becomes art", he injects himself and alters their three lives, using taped conversations to write his story. These novellas were a joy to read, and I'll be looking for more of Cercas' works in the near future.”

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Hardback 2005.

188 pages.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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