A work that reflects on the beauty and the risk of silence, on small unmentionable secrets and betrayals that lurk behind every love.“I had just come back from the supermarket and I emptied the shopping bags out on the kitchen table. Irene wasMoreA work that reflects on the beauty and the risk of silence, on small unmentionable secrets and betrayals that lurk behind every love.“I had just come back from the supermarket and I emptied the shopping bags out on the kitchen table. Irene was already boiling water for the pasta in a pan.
Then I gave her a heartbroken look before announcing that I had forgotten the spaghetti. From that moment on, in our private language I’ve forgotten the spaghetti came to mean giving up on something out of a sense of overwhelming fatigue. And so, when Irene once managed to go four days without smoking, she said I’ve forgotten the spaghetti and lit a cigarette. And I said it while lying in bed, the moment I woke up, the day I decided to abandon my stubborn efforts to go the gym every morning .
. . Since that fateful day we regretted a hundred times over having forgotten the spaghetti, which leads me to believe that we spend our lives giving up on things, primarily those we are able to get only by our own efforts.”The History of Silence—winner of the prestigious Premio Herralde de Novela on its original publication in Spanish—is a novel with a splendid gallery of characters in which the author displays his implacable sense of humor and shows us to what extent life is a comedy under the constant threat of a tragic ending.“Impeccably written. Reading that turns into pleasure, a game with no rules, from the first to the last line.” —El País“The twin themes of this novel are love and silence.
This book is a delightful discovery. Not a page goes by without some splendid, thought-provoking turn of phrase, carrying the reader effortlesly towards the end.” —Libélula Libros