A Bad End is the story of Goyito, a dwarf at the end of his life, who recounts to us, with bitterness and sarcasm, the miserable reality of his lonely childhood, his macabre experiences as a circus clown, his liaisons dangereuses in Madrid’s underworld. Mischief, desire, death, ambition, and revenge—the life of a rascal, told in exuberant, exhilarating language.
A picaresque novel in the Spanish tradition that spans almost a century of Spain’s history and mercilessly dissects human cruelty. Winner of the prestigious Premio Ojo Crítico award.
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"Goyito, a gleefully fatalistic and, when opportunity allows, priapic dwarf, personifies Spain as a modern replacement for Cervantes's hapless Don Quixote in this blisteringly funny black comedy which won the prestigious Premio Ojo Crítico award. . . In Goyito, Fernando Royuela has created a giant who will live on in this Diogenine barrel of laughs. The translation by Peter Bush is near flawless."
—Times Literary Supplement
"This is a vastly entertaining tale told by a remarkably resilient raconteur . . . A gonzo record of a long life."
“The burlesque echoes the greatest Spanish classics, from Quevedo to Camilo José Cela.”
—M. García Posada, El País
“Spiritual brother of Günter Grass’s Tin Drum, with a grotesque, Tarantino-like use of violence.”
—Ricardo Senabre, ABC
“Fernando Royuela establishes himself as an outstanding figure in contemporary Spanish literature.”
—Alexie Lorca, Lire
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