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    The Happy City (Paperback) By (author) Elvira Navarro, Translated by Rosalind Harvey

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    Description"I feel terrible. Although he doesn't say it, I know he had been hoping the whole time that I would explain it all somehow; but I can't explain it, because I don't understand anything." These disturbing words, almost a distillation of the entire text, close the novel The Happy City by Elvira Navarro, who featured in Granta's The Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists issue in 2010. The stories of Chi-Huei-a Chinese boy whose family has come to Spain in search of a better life-and his friend Sara-a girl strangely fascinated by the figure of a homeless man-are divided into two separate yet complementary sections, presenting the reader with a detailed account of the difficulties surrounding their life circumstances and all the richness of an approach long forgotten by many: the genuine, as-yet untamed way that the book's pre-adolescent protagonists view the world around them, their initial astonishment finally turning to frustration as they gaze upon their dehumanized society. The first faltering steps towards sexuality, the pressure of one's social environment, the way that polarized outlooks on life can coexist at the core of the same family, those first experiences of disillusionment as we awake into the adult world: these are some of the themes that Navarro lays out for her readers in order to reveal, with razor-sharp control, the constant duality that exists between the outward appearance of things and their inner reality. "This author's literary talent is a natural gift (...) the subtle, almost hidden, true avant-gardist of her generation." Enrique Vila-Matas, El Pais


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    Title
    The Happy City
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Elvira Navarro, Translated by Rosalind Harvey
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 190
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 11 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9788494094897
    ISBN 10: 8494094890
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    DC23: 863.7
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Hispabooks Publishing
    Imprint name
    Hispabooks Publishing
    Publication date
    30 September 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Madrid