The Boy Who Stole Attila's Horse (häftad)
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Sophie Hughes
Roberts, David (design)
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The Boy Who Stole Attila's Horse (häftad)

The Boy Who Stole Attila's Horse

Häftad Engelska, 2015-03-26
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A brave, original allegory of our modern world 'It looks impossible to get out,' he says. And also: 'But we'll get out.' Two brothers, Big and Small, are trapped at the bottom of a well. They have no food and little chance of rescue. Only the tempting spectre of insanity offers a way out. As Small's wits fail, Big formulates a desperate plan. With the authority of the darkest fables, and the horrifying inevitability of all-too-real life, Repila's unique allegory explores the depths of human desperation and, ultimately, our almost unending capacity for hope.
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The language supports the story's imaginative breadth...Repila's style is witty and refreshing New Statesman Human desperation vs the necessity of hope, told via fairytale, this is big picture writing at its most imaginative and unpredictable Huffington Post A stark allegory about the experience of being arbitrarily imprisoned... Repila gives us ground for optimism in this climate of austerity... the ending of this bitter-sweet fable of our times is both tragic and a call to arms TLS Ambitious and relentless... The Boy Who Stole Attila's Horse is high art, an imaginative allegorical work of breathtaking yet restrained lyric power... magnificently rendered into English... [soars] like an epic poem... This exquisite, terrifying novella is daunting and magnificent, a book that celebrates storytelling as the truest way towards understanding existence Irish Times A powerful book, with a fine twist at the end Literary Review A deeply unsettling but compelling novella with all the visceral, elemental force of myth and folktale Lady [A] collectible pocket novel... Its depiction of madness is as affecting as any I've read in modern fiction... Seek out this treasure; prepare for a knock-out Big Issue Has the unfailing grimness of a fairytale... A dark allegory for modern capitalist society... explores the limits of the human mind and our enduring capacity for hope Booktrust Beyond brilliance... may well in time emerge as one of the most widely celebrated books of the decade -- Eileen Battersby Irish Times Beautifully crafted and effective... Much of what is presented is also very dark and raw, but it is also a hopeful novel - angrily, almost furiously hopeful... very fine Complete Review Hughes's vibrant translation aids Repila's lyrical descriptions of anguish and hope, and the narrative's intelligence and depth make it a gripping read Publishers Weekly Utterly fascinating... a novel with a message that cannot be ignored The Bay Ivan Repila is one of Spain's intriguing young literary talents... strange and haunting South China Morning Post A small, hallucinatory jewel of a book David's Book World A story beguiling in its fairytale-like simplicity and absolute distance from any recognizable reality -- Scott Esposito BOMB Magazine! An allegory... of economic inequality, and revolutionary rage... a book which packs huge weight for its size -- John Self Asylum A vivid novel, full of metaphors and symbols about cooperation, the effort to survive, the world's brutality, and solidarity. All things that remind us of present and universal circumstances Revista de letras A traditional tale... it also demands to be read at another level. ...This precise, solid and disturbing novel shows wisdom El Pais You will emerge from it changed, grown up... an essential novel... a masterpiece La soupe de l'espace Suffocation and disgust are the dominant impressions, and yet... this book is a charm... Ivan Repila's language is superb, it carries with it all the spells of fairytales with their ogres, wolves and evil stepmothers, but it also manages to evoke the much less fantastical universe of camps, prisons and caves where hostages waste away -- Eric Chevillard Le Monde This is a masterpiece concentrated into 110 pages...This is the sort of book that you don't put down, and leaves you with a knot in your stomach -- Clara Dupont-Monod France Inter Here is a story conceived to leave its mark, to be felt in the pit of one's stomach Librairie L'Ouvre-Boite It's been a long time since I have read such an impressive book. With its rich and wise prose, combination of mannerism and enlightenment, this broken tale of what makes us tedious and atrocious is also a harsh song of love Tendencias 21 A fantastic first novel which made me literally plunge back into my dearest memories of childhood reading Librairie La Soupe de l'Espace A brutal, Beckett-like tale. Its end is cathartic, hopeful and violent. It is utopian, and reminds us that language is the only thing that c

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Ivan Repila (b. Bilbao, 1978) is a Spanish writer celebrated for the originality and depth of his prose. He worked in cultural management and as an editor, before turning to writing with his highly acclaimed debut novel, Despicable Comedy. The Boy Who Stole Attila's Horse, his second novel, is his first book to appear in English.