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  • Published: 21 January 2013
  • ISBN: 9781846557767
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $24.99

Living's The Strange Thing



As compulsively page-turning as a thriller, Carmen Martin Gaite's drama of broken dreams, lies, and the search for love is an intense meditation on the strange adventure of living

As compulsively page-turning as a thriller, Carmen Martin Gaite's drama of broken dreams, lies, and the search for love is an intense meditation on the strange adventure of living

"Ever since the beginning of the world, living and dying have been two sides of one coin, tossed in the air - But for me - to be perfectly honest - living's the strange thing"

The protagonist of this novel, a 35-year-old woman who has lived hard and loved hard, has just lost her mother. Struggling to keep her curiosity about an inexplicable world intact, she finds her precarious equilibrium constantly besieged by resurfacing oddballs from her past and her own tendency to daydream. To force a little structure into her life, she decides to pick up her old, unfinished doctoral dissertation about an extravagant 18th century adventurer. As she wades through old papers in a dusty archive, she is forced to confront her own strange childhood, her parents' strange relationship, and the feelings that bond her to the strange architect she shares a life with.

  • Published: 21 January 2013
  • ISBN: 9781846557767
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Carmen Martin Gaite

Carmen Mart-n Gaite (1925 - 2000) was one of Spain's most distinguished novelists. Her novels Variable Cloud and The Fallen Angel were both published by Harvill.

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Praise for Living's The Strange Thing

Idiosyncratic, wilful, cute, a choppy blur of emotion and erudition, cocky, confrontational conversation and fragmented urban commentary, it starts off resembling something by Russell Hoban or Josephine Saxton - or even Janet Frame

The Guardian

Carmen Martin Gaite writes evocatively and gracefully, and has some intriguing things to say about story-telling, and about the prisons we create for ourselves

Sunday Times

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