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The Tenant and The Motive

by Javier Cercas
£7.99   paperback  Bloomsbury Publishing (2006)

The Tenant and The Motive by Javier Cercas The Tenant and The Motive are two darkly humorous novellas from the award-winning author of Soldiers of Salamis.
 
The Tenant is the mischievous story of Mario Rota, a linguistics professor whose life starts to unravel after he twists his ankle while out jogging one day. A rival professor appears, takes over his classes and bewitches his girlfriend. Where will Rota's nightmare end - and where did it begin?
 
The Motive is a satire about a writer, Alvaro, who becomes obsessed with finding the ideal inspiration for his novel. First he begins spying on his neighbours, then he starts leading them on, creating a reversal of the maxim that art follows life - with some dire consequences.
 
Written with a supremely light touch, these witty novellas are enjoyable masterpieces that linger long in the memory.

"Cercas is one of the hottest properties in contemporary Spanish fiction... the profound irony erupts into moments of hilarity... he is a superficially humourous and profoundly disturbing author. In his novels, reality is less convincing than fiction and fantasy never stranger than truth."
(Observer)

ISBN 13: 9780747578970 | ISBN 10: 0747578974