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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 (1973 - ) won the prestigious Spanish Premio Nacional de Narrativa in 2002 for his first novel, SP rako tranbia (A tram to SP). He is also the author of the novel Van't Hoffen ilea (Van't Hoff's Hair) and numerous anthologized short stories. He currently works as a translator and professor at the Instituto Labairu de Bilbao. Gabantxo is a literary translator, writer and reviewer. Her work appears in many journals and newspapers, including the Times Literary Supplement and The Independent, as well as in An Anthology of Basque Short Stories (University of Nevada) and Spain: A Traveler's Literary Companion (Whereabouts Press). Her translation of Lertxundi's Perfect Happiness is forthcoming from University of Nevada Press.
Lucas, an elderly explorer who dreams of climbing Everest even though his mind is fading, his sister, Marâia, a writer, and Marcos, a young musician, explore the intersection of youth and age, illusion, and desire.
Take a ball; do you know how many games can be made up with a ball? A ball, to say the least, is a wonder of techniques. In many ways, this book is also a ball. But of course, not everything is a game in the book. Matmas Malanda has a different way of seeing things, and in those ways, there will be truths that cannot be found in other ways of seeing things, there will also be lies, but mainly...
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