Institut Ramon LLull

We Are Already Dead, My Love

Angle Editorial, 2021
220 pages

Ja estem morts, amor

We Are Already Dead, My Love

Xavier Aliaga

"How can you survive after a great loss when dying is the only way to know everything?"

Many sixteen-year-olds think they know everything, but Anaïs really does, because she’s dead. Her matter-of-factly omniscient narration recounts how her mother was orphaned by a freak accident and raised by her aunt. She tells us how her parents met and formed a family with two daughters with French names, Anaïs and Chloe. Then, with twenty-twenty hindsight, she tells us how their lives veer off course, when a car enters their lane provoking a head-on collision.

Readers are pulled along by Aliaga’s selfassured, solid prose in this kaleidoscopic portrait of the Albiol family, revealed in a wide variety of short chapters that include diary entries and fragments of Anaïs’s fiction, a study of a marriage and of careers, of youthful delusions and chosen family, of ways of living that turn out to be loans whose interest you’ll never be able to pay off.


Bernat Fiol

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