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Paris depicts a man’s journey through the labyrinth of his memories, a search for his origins that will uncover an old family secret and turn his world upside down. A mesmerizing and haunting story by award-winning author Marcos Giralt Torrente, a master craftsman calibrating nuance and impact with a true gift.

The unnamed narrator reflects on the marriage between his mother (aloof, stoic, saintly, and stubborn) and his father (a vain, promiscuous scoundrel). He is fixated on eight mysterious months his mother spent in Paris after they split up, when the narrator was a boy: Did she clandestinely reunite with the father? Did she live out a perennial ambition carefully kept secret? Or did she attempt to sort out another matter entirely, of which the narrator hasn’t the least indication? If he discovers what happened in Paris he might make sense of his parents’ relationship, and, in the process, end the nightmares that still recur twenty-plus years after his parents split up.

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Barnes & Noble, Reviews & Essays, September 17, 2014

“The Doubtful Child: Marcos Giralt Torrente”

In 1998 Roberto Bolaño cemented his place as a leading writer of his generation when he received the prestigious Herralde Prize for his novel The Savage Detectives. In the next year he helped to launch a career with that same Herralde Prize: Bolaño was one of five jurors who unanimously awarded it to the Spaniard Marcos Giralt Torrente for his debut novel, Paris. It’s not hard to see why the great Chilean likely admired it.

 —Scott Esposito
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The Quarterly Conversation, September 15, 2014

In 1999, Marcos Giralt Torrente’s debut novel, Paris, was awarded the XVII Premio Herralde de Novela prize. Despite his success, it took fourteen years for Giralt’s work to appear in English, with the story collection The End of Love arriving in 2013. Now, this year sees the publication of two more books by Giralt: Paris, translated by Margaret Jull Costa, and Father and Son: A Lifetime, translated by Natasha Wimmer. In Paris, Giralt grapples with deceit, obsession, inexplicable love, and the limitations of memory, themes prevalent in his story collection. But the dimensions of a novel allows him to further develop these themes, so that in Paris we find a fuller, and patient, exploration of the nature of truth and human emotion.

—Alex McElroy
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Tony’s Reading List, July 17, 2014

Marcos Giralt Torrente's Paris (translated by Margaret Jull Costa, review copy courtesy of the publisher) is an excellent, psychological novel, a book which looks at the weakness of memory and the dangers of reliance on a single person in your life.  It's written in the form of a monologue told by a middle-aged man looking back to his childhood and, in particular, events surrounding his ne'er-do-well father and his enigmatic, saintly mother.

—Tony Malone
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