Two Lines Press announces the release of The Boys, from Catalan author Toni Sala and translated by Mara Faye Lethemm on Tuesday, November 3. Both the author and translator will be in San Francisco for a night of Catalan literature. They’ll be in conversation with Two Lines Press’s own CJ Evans.
Toni Sala’s award-winning novel The Boys is the first of his books to ever be published in English. Called “altogether brilliant” by Kirkus, and considered a masterpiece in Catalonia, the book centers around the dark thoughts that follow the deaths of two young men in a recession-battered small town in the bucolic Catalonian countryside. With philosophical digressions worthy of Javier Marías, Sala ponders everything from love and death to the social networks and Spain’s economic collapse while delivering a riveting, and truly shocking, story. This amazing book received the 2014 Premis de la Crítica, Catalonia’s most prestigious literary award.
Toni Sala is the author of over a dozen novels and works of nonfiction. In 2005 he was awarded the National Literature Prize by the Catalan government, and he has also received many other honors for his writing. He lives in Barcelona.
Mara Faye Lethem’s translations have appeared in The Best American Non-Required Reading, Granta, The Paris Review, Words Without Borders, and McSweeney’s. She is the translator of Papers in the Wind by Eduardo Sacheri, Wonderful World by Javier Calvo, and others. She lives in Barcelona.
CJ Evans is the author of A Penance, which was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award and The Category of Outcast, selected by Terrance Hayes for the Poetry Society of America’s New American Poets chapbook series. His work has appeared in journals such as Boston Review,Colorado Review, Indiana Review, Pleiades, and Virginia Quarterly Review.
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