Wowza. Just when you thought my fiction choices could not become more pretentious, I prove you wrong with this experimental Spanish number.
Written by Agustin Fernandez Mallo and translated by Thomas Bunstead (hats off to this fellow), Nocilla Dream is a novella comprising a series of shorter stories, set around the desert of Nevada, which slowly but surely intertwine. I must confess, I took me a little longer than it should have to realise the stories were connected. But, I don’t think I’d be the only one. Despite this, I kinda loved it.
Although, while reading this avant-garde work, you have the impression you’re being fed stories by the exceptional mind of a literary artist, chapters that present a single paragraph of binary code make you question whether you’re being, instead, conned by a master prankster. This is no beach read, but perhaps an excellent train-ride challenge.
[Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2015]