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Winter Journey

Translated by Patricia Lunn
With this highly original collection of short stories, Catalonian writer Jaume Cabré takes his place among the masters of the form. In Winter Journey, the reader encounters disparate and often desperate characters—pianist, cuckold, whore, organ builder, rabbi, priest, scholar, thief, hitman, madman, Holocaust survivor, oligarch, failed artist—who challenge notions about will, morality, and “the riddle of existence.” This is not a selection of individual stories, but a singularly brilliant and enigmatic narrative, novelistic in its approach, with mysterious connections linking characters, objects, and ideas across time and place. The text takes the form of a Schubertian musical progression in prose, a philosophical mystery moving freely through a labyrinth of centuries and cities, historical and contemporary. 

Richly allusive with its themes and motifs of music and art, Winter Journey will continue to provoke questions long after the reader has closed the book. This edition represents the first translation of Cabré’s work into English and an invitation to many more readers to come along for the ride.

See a video interview with the author.


182 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2009

Literature and Literary Criticism: Romance Languages


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Reviews

Winter Journey is a ‘pan-tonal’ tour de force, a contrapuntal canon whose multiple motifs, including missing Rembrandts, unreat texts, and unrequited love, coalesce like memory to evoke the fragility of love and beauty in the shadow of mortality.”

Michele Levy | World Literature in Review

Table of Contents

Opus Postum

The Will

With Hope in His Hands

Two Minutes

Dust

Eyes Like Jewels

Gottfried Heinrich’s Dream

I Remember

Finis Coronat Opus

Ballad

Poc!

The Trace

Negotiation

Winterreise

Epilogue

Translator’s Note

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