Such Small Hands by Andrés Barba

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The novel’s title recalls the final line of EE Cummings’s poem, “Somewhere I Have Never Travelled” (“nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands”), and I found myself returning to its verses as I pondered the full effects and meaning of the book.
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“Every once in a while a novel does not record reality but creates a whole new reality, one that casts a light on our darkest feelings. Kafka did that. Bruno Schulz did that. Now the Spanish writer Andrés Barba has done it with the terrifying Such Small Hands.”—Edmund White

Life changes at the orphanage the day seven-year-old Marina shows up. She is different from the other girls: at once an outcast and object of fascination. As Marina struggles to find her place, she invents a game whose rules are dictated by a haunting violence. Written in hypnotic, lyrical prose, alternating between Marina’s perspective and the choral we of the other girls, Such Small Hands evokes the pain of loss and the hunger for acceptance.


 

About Andrés Barba

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Andres Barba Muniz(, ) is a Spanish novelist, essayist, translator, scriptwriter and photographer. He is the author of a total of twelve books of literary fiction, non-fiction, photography, arts and children's literature. Among other prizes he has been awarded the Premio Torrente Ballester de Narrativa (for Versiones de Teresa), the(for La ceremonia del porno) and the Premio Juan March de Narrativa (for Muerte de un caballo). He was also shortlisted in the XIX (for La hermana de Katia, made into a film a few years after by Mijke de Jong). In 2010 he was featured in Granta's magazine as one of the twenty-two best young Spanish-language writers. His works have been translated into ten languages. Lisa Dillman teaches in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Emory University and has translated numerous works of fiction by Argentine, Mexican, Catalan, and Spanish writers. She lives in Decatur, Georgia.
 
Published March 20, 2017 by Transit Books. 108 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Excellent
on Feb 01 2017

Barba’s girls, and their game, will linger in the minds of his readers. A darkly evocative work about young girls, grief, and the unsettling, aching need to belong.

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Above average
Reviewed by Sarah Perry on Aug 26 2017

The novel’s title recalls the final line of EE Cummings’s poem, “Somewhere I Have Never Travelled” (“nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands”), and I found myself returning to its verses as I pondered the full effects and meaning of the book.

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