Madrid Tales

Paperback | April 24, 2012

EditorHelen ConstantinebyMargaret Jull Costa

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The buzzing life of bars, warm evenings by the Manzanares river, the subterranean terrors of the Metro, icy winters and hot, empty summers, student days in the sixties, the ruthless underworld of the city's mafia - this captivating anthology reflects the character of Madrid and the lives ofthe madrilenos, as its inhabitants are called, in all their splendid variety. Some stories are bizarre, some funny, some serious, and as you read you'll travel through the city. The famous streets and monuments of Madrid - Cibeles, Calle de Alcala, Plaza Mayor, and the Royal Palace - as well as the poor, working-class barrios unfrequented by sightseers will pass before your eyes like a moving picture. Some stories, like the Galdos story and Carmen Martin Gaite's "A clearconscience" depict a journey across Madrid, while in Javier Marias' sinister tale, "Fallen from fortune", a couple are unaware that their guide to all the usual tourist highlights is leading them to their death. In "Through the wall" and "Personality disorders", the characters barely leave theirapartments, and the city lurks outside the windows. A rich assortment of characters - adolescent boys obsessed with sex; maids up from the country; provincial girls who slide into prostitution; a small boy excited at the prospect of going downtown with his grandfather; vain, self-absorbedthirty-somethings with too much money; immigrant families far from home; mafia types; diligent office-workers struggling to bring up a family - come alive in the tales.Few of these stories have previously been translated into English. Some names, such as Benito Perez Galdos, Javier Marias, Juan Jose Millas, and Carmen Martin Gaite, will be more familiar than others but all deserve to be better known. There is a map at the back of the book to indicate the places mentioned in the stories and photographs complement and accompany each story. The reader will also find there biographical notes on the authors and suggestions for further reading.

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The buzzing life of bars, warm evenings by the Manzanares river, the subterranean terrors of the Metro, icy winters and hot, empty summers, student days in the sixties, the ruthless underworld of the city's mafia - this captivating anthology reflects the character of Madrid and the lives ofthe madrilenos, as its inhabitants are called,...

Helen Constantine taught languages in schools until 2000, when she became a full-time translator. She has published three volumes of translated stories, Paris Tales, French Tales, and Paris Metro Tales and is currently editing a series of City Tales for Oxford University Press. She has translated Mademoiselle de Maupin by Theophile Gau...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 inPublished:April 24, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199583277

ISBN - 13:9780199583270

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General IntroductionIntroductionBenito Perez Galdos: The Novel on the TramEmilia Pardo Bazan: The SolutionAlonso Zamora Vicente: Sunday MorningJuan Garcia Hortelano: A Testing TimeGuillermo Busutil: Murder at the AtlanticAlvaro Pombo: LuzmilaIgnacio Aldecoa: The Ballad of the River ManzanaresCarmen Martin Gaite: A Clear ConscienceMedardo Fraile: Restless EyesJorge Ferrer-Vidal: Mozart, K.124, for flute and orchestraMarina Mayoral: Through the WallCarlos Castan: Return JourneyEloy Tizon: Flying FishJose Ferrer Bermejo: Let the Passengers OutJavier Marias: Fallen from FortuneJuan Jose Millas: Personality DisordersCarmen Posadas: How can this be happening to me?Elvira Lindo: Manolito's ToggleJose Maria Merino: Sign and Message