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On the edge

Chirbes, Rafael, 1949-20152017
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'On the Edge' opens with the discovery of a rotting corpse in the marshes on the outskirts of Olba, Spain - a town wracked by despair after the burst of the economic bubble, and a microcosm of a world of defeat, debt, and corruption. Stuck in this town is Esteban - his small factory bankrupt, his investments stolen by a 'friend,' and his unloved father, a mute invalid, entirely his personal burden. Much of the novel unfolds in Esteban's raw and tormented monologues. But other voices resound from the wreckage and their words, sharp as knives, crowd their terse, hypnotic monologues of ruin, prostitution, and loss.
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On the edge / Rafael Chirbes ; translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa ; with an afterword by Valerie Miles.
London : Vintage, 2017.
421 pages ; 20 cm
Originally published: London: Harvill Secker, 2016.Translated from the Spanish.This translation originally published: London: Harvill Secker, 2016.
9780099593171 (pbk)
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