Vivacity without overwrought rhetoric, vibrating with intrigue and tension… [these are the] characteristics that stand out in ¡Oiga Bien! (Ed. Caligrama), a collection of short stories in which the drama of everyday life bursts out of every corner. It is no surprise to discover, in the language of these stories, a writer who mastered the art of storytelling through the structures and language of scriptwriting. These delicate stories take strike directly at the heart of the matter, taking us to the centre of conflict. Along the way, they put our own stale routines into stark focus, making us question our own existence. They are constantly surprising, revealing the unexpected through a hidden angle or an illuminating detail. I finished them all, all the stories, today, in a bar in Madrid, a Madrid of changing seasons, and I felt like time stood still.”
“On the essence of life, existence and full of deliciously twisted thoughts. We feel a tenderness towards these characters who reflect and share their thoughts for no apparent reason. Though it has not been asked of them, they think, they exist.”
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“There you have it! Take it!” yelled the Leader, standing on a stool at the city’s edge.
And so the city, mattresses in hand, advanced.
A collection of short stories set in a hypothetical future; a future populated by hive cities, where living spaces are individually assigned and people exist as nameless beings, known only as him or her.
These stories allow us to glimpse the loves of these hive-city dwellers, their thoughts and yearnings, the desires they long to express, to act on in times of peril. Their lost characters dream of heroic deeds, if only they could find the courage to say what they believe.