Yellow Rain by Julio Llamazares

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Ainielle is a village high in the Spanish Pyrenees. Its houses are mostly deserted ruins and have been for years. Ainielle's last surviving inhabitant, an old man at death's door, lingers on, and as the "yellow rain" of leaves flutters around him and the first snows of the year fall, he recalls the life he lived and the ghosts-once his friends and neighbors-who have taken possession of his solitude.
Hailed on first publication and continuously reprinted in Spain, The Yellow Rain is a haunting ode to the power of memory, an elegy for a landscape and a way of life.


About Julio Llamazares

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Born in the now-vanished town of Vegémian in 1955, Julio Llamazares is one of Europe's most celebrated writers. He has written novels, poetry, and several travel books and is a regular contributor to El Pais. He lives in Madrid.
Published March 6, 2003 by The Harvill Press. 144 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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The old man “haunts” his ruined house, accompanied only by a devoted dog, observing the “yellow rain” of falling autumn leaves, surrounded by empty domiciles as moribund as he, where he watches mold and rot advance and frequently hears “the monstrous thud of a wall collapsing.” A fascinating ambi...

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In this somber and elegiac novel, Llamazares's first to be translated into English, the last, dying resident of a deserted village in the Spanish Pyrenees, "forgotten by everyone, condemned to gnaw away at my memory and my bones like an old dog," summons the ghosts of his past.

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The Yellow Rain by Julio Llamazares is thankfully a short novel that describes life, or rather the end of it, in a Pyrenean village called Ainielle.

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