Borrow
Buy

Leaving the Atocha Station

by Ben Lerner

An original and entertaining debut novel, at turns funny, poignant and featuring violent scenes from Madrid bombings. American poet Adam faces many challenges on his year's fellowship in Spain including an imperfect knowledge of the language! It's hard to warm to his drug and alcohol fuelled character at times but he has some great quirky friends. Lovely descriptions of his travels in Granada, Cordoba and Barcelona and an upbeat ending.

Extract

What are you doing in Madrid, he said. Here I delivered a version of the answer I had memorized for my Spanish exam in Providence, a long answer composed by a fluent friend, regarding the significance of the Spanish Civil War, about which I knew nothing, for a generation of writers, few of whom I'd read; I intended to write I explained, a long, research-driven poem exploring the war's literary legacy. It was an answer of of considerable grammatical complexity, describing the significance of my project in the conditional, the past subjunctive, and the future tense.

Parallels

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
La Flor de mi Secreto - the film
 

Read Extract

Books with similar rating

Borrow

1. Select UK region:

Not in the UK?

Scotland Norther Ireland North East of England North West of England Yorkshire and the Humber Wales West Midlands East Midlands East of England London South West of England South East of England

Sign in

 
Email:
 
Password:

Whichbook Sign Up

Enter your email address to get started:

First name:
Last name:
Password:
Confirm password:

Alerts

Email alerts are only available for registered users.