By Rupert Thomson
Rupert Thomson joins the E. Shaver No Shelf Control Author Series
... All the way from London? Damn.
Rupert will be in conversation in conversation with Maya Popa
"These numinous stories, where reality is just the launchpad for flights of extravagant, erotically charged fancy, recall much of Bolaño's early work... Barcelona Dreaming is a wonderful book, a phantasmal hymn to a city and a lost way of life." -- New York Times Book Review
Barcelona Dreaming is narrated, in turn, by an English woman who runs a gift shop, an alcoholic jazz pianist, and a translator tormented by unrequited love, all of whose lives will be changed forever. Underpinning the novel, and casting a long shadow, is a crime committed against a young Moroccan immigrant.
Exploring themes of addiction, racism, celebrity, immigration, and self-delusion, and fueled by a longing for the unattainable and a nostalgia for what is about to be lost, Barcelona Dreaming is a love letter to one of the world's most beautiful cities and a powerful and poignant fable for our uncertain times.
"The sense of place is brilliantly evoked...and the stories build, cleverly linked together, into a beguiling love letter to the great city." -- Condé Nast Traveller
"[A] shimmering triptych...With seamless prose, Thomson affords an intimate glimpse into the three protagonists' hearts and minds...Descriptive flourishes, meanwhile, produce a consistent stream of wonderfully odd details...Thomson gracefully ties together themes of longing, love, and the inequities caused by age and race. The result is memorable and moving." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"[Thomson] writes with a cleareyed compassion and never forces moments; everything in the novel feels organic. [He] inhabits the voices of his characters perfectly...[a] trip to Barcelona well worth taking...powerful." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)