Carpenter's Pencil

ISBN-10: 1585672831
ISBN-13: 9781585672837
Edition: N/A
Authors: Manuel Rivas
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Description: Manuel Rivas has been heralded as one of the brightest in a new wave of Spanish writers influenced by Spanish and European traditions, as well as by the history of Spain over the past seventy years. A bestseller in Spain, The Carpenter's Pencil has  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Publisher: Overlook Press, The
Publication date: 8/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Manuel Rivas has been heralded as one of the brightest in a new wave of Spanish writers influenced by Spanish and European traditions, as well as by the history of Spain over the past seventy years. A bestseller in Spain, The Carpenter's Pencil has been published in nine countries. Set in the dark days of the Spanish Civil War, The Carpenter's Pencil charts the linked destinies of a remarkable cast of unique characters. All are bound by the events of the Civil War-the artists and the peasants alike-and all are brought to life, in Rivas's skillful hand, with the power of the carpenter's pencil, a pencil that draws both the measured line and the artist's dazzling vision. Translated from the Galician by Jonathan Dunne. "A profound tale of love, art, politics and the lingering effects of a gentleness and cruelty on the soul." (The Miami Herald) "Rivas is a master . . . You never know, at the beginning of a paragraph, where he will take you. His pages bloom like flowers, swerving in unpredictable arcs toward a light-source that is constantly moving." (Bookforum) "He is an important storyteller because he is sensitive and has an incredible ear, which, in his fiction, is allied to great ingenuity." (John Berger)

Manuel Rivas was born in A Coru a in 1957. He writes in the Galician language of north-west Spain. He is well known in Spain for his journalism, as well as for his prize-winning short stories and novels, which include the internationally acclaimed The Carpenter's Pencil. His works have been translated into twenty languages.

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