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Unai Elorriaga gives voice to unassuming characters, to 'small' people with 'small' lives; he magnifies things that often go unnoticed. Four stories narrated from different... Read more
Unai Elorriaga gives voice to unassuming characters, to 'small' people with 'small' lives; he magnifies things that often go unnoticed. Four stories narrated from different perspectives crisscross throughout this single novel. In the first-person, the young Tomas - who wants above all else to be intelligent - tells us why it is so important for him to catch a blue dragonfly and introduces his extended (and eccentric) family to us one by one.
Plants Don't Drink Coffee Paperback edition by Unai Elorriaga
Unai Elorriaga was born in 1973 in Bilbao, where he is currently a professor at the Instituto Labairu. He is the author of three novels written in Basque and self-translated into Spanish, including Van't Hoffen ilea (Van't Hoff 's Hair), and his 2002 debut, SPrako Tranbia (A Tram to SP), winner of Spain's prestigious Premio Nacional de Narrativa. Elorriaga's numerous anthologized short stories have also been widely acclaimed.
Amaia Gabantxo is a literary translator, writer, and book critic. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals and newspapers, including the Times Literary Supplement and The Independent. Her translation of Anjel Lertxundi's Perfect Happiness was released by the University of Nevada Press in 2007. Gabantxo moonlights as a flamenco singer.
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