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The once-bucolic Catalonian village of Vidreres has been ravaged by a harsh recession, and now two of its young men have died in a horrible car crash. As the town attends the funeral, a banker named Ernest heads to the tree where they died, trying to make sense of the tragedy. There he meets a brutish trucker, who in between Internet hookups and trips to prostitutes has taken a liking to Iona, the fiancée of one of the dead boys. Iona might be just what he needs to fix his tawdry life, but she's mixed up with an artist who makes frightening projects. Masterfully conjuring the voices of each of these four characters, Toni Sala entwines their lives and their feelings of guilt, fear, and rage over an unspeakable loss.Long known as one of Spain's most powerful authors, Toni Sala is at his mischievous best here, delivering a sinister, fast-moving tale laced with intricate meditations on everything from social networks to Spain's economic collapse to the mysterious end that awaits us all. The Boys is a startlingly honest vision of the things we'll do in order to feel a little less alone in this world.

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Toni Sala. (2015). The Boys. Two Lines Press.

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Toni Sala. 2015. The Boys. Two Lines Press.

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The once-bucolic Catalonian village of Vidreres has been ravaged by a harsh recession, and now two of its young men have died in a horrible car crash. As the town attends the funeral, a banker named Ernest heads to the tree where they died, trying to make sense of the tragedy. There he meets a brutish trucker, who in between Internet hookups and trips to prostitutes has taken a liking to Iona, the fiancée of one of the dead boys. Iona might be just what he needs to fix his tawdry life, but she's mixed up with an artist who makes frightening projects. Masterfully conjuring the voices of each of these four characters, Toni Sala entwines their lives and their feelings of guilt, fear, and rage over an unspeakable loss.
Long known as one of Spain's most powerful authors, Toni Sala is at his mischievous best here, delivering a sinister, fast-moving tale laced with intricate meditations on everything from social networks to Spain's economic collapse to the mysterious end that...

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Long known as one of Spain's most powerful authors, Toni Sala is at his mischievous best here, delivering a sinister, fast-moving tale laced with intricate meditations on everything from social networks to Spain's economic collapse to the mysterious end that awaits us all. The Boys is a startlingly honest vision of the things we'll do in order to feel a little less alone in this world.

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      • content: The Boys confirmed that what I believe to be literature is still possible. . . . A masterpiece."
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        Starred review from September 14, 2015
        In a fatal car crash in the small Catalan town of Vidreres, two young men have died, leaving the entire town afflicted with a powerful grief. The story homes in on four of those townspeople, both directly and indirectly related to the dead: Ernest, a banker; Miqui, a coarse truck driver; Iona, the fiancée of one of the dead boys; and Nil, an unhinged artist in pursuit of Iona. In the days that follow the accident, these four make the dark, interconnected narrative: Miqui introduces Ernest to prostitutes, even while taking a fancy to Iona, and Nil tries to introduce the grieving Iona to a form of pyromania especially cruel to animals. “The dead gave life shape,” the book states, and indeed, readers witness how the four lives are suspended and altered in the wake of the accident. Sala is a master of meditation, and the excitement and intrigue are never sacrificed despite digressive passages on Internet alienation, art, violence, phrases of grief, the Spanish recession, and love. One hopes this tremendous novel, already an award-winner overseas, will receive the attention it deserves here.

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        Beguiling, odd story of what happens to a small town when death pays an unexpected visit. Vidreres isn't much of a town, a forgettable spot after a blind hill that opens onto a striking view of the "luminous teeth of the Pyrenees." Like the spectral village at the center of Juan Rulfo's Pedro Paramo, it's full of ghosts-but also the usual human preoccupations of sex, power, betrayal, poverty, the sight of money moving "between men like a gust of wind." Catalan author Sala makes this tiny place his own, populating it with a cast that revolves around two unfortunate dead teenagers, Jaume and Xavi Batlle, whose little Peugeot goes flying off into a tree one fateful Saturday. The crash that kills the youngsters is a mystery, though one villager, better educated than most, speculates that it's no accident; as he tells a brawling truck driver who's no stranger to mayhem, "A lot of accidents are suicides and no one realizes." Sometimes an accident is just an accident, true, but this "death that doesn't let death live" changes the lives of everyone in Vidreres. One is Iona, a teenage girl who might easily have been in the car with the boys had she accepted Jaume's invitation to go with them that evening; now she's left to wrestle with survivor's guilt, because while a big-city girl might have gone to a psychiatrist or grief counselor, "in Vidreres, because of the way Vidreres was, she would have to deal with it herself." Tough guy Miqui is no exception: he bluffs and blusters, but he's touched, too, as is the milquetoast bank manager whose great act of midlife-crisis reconciliation is to sneak out to see a hooker and then ponder the consequences: "Had the dead boys been released from inside him, during his orgasm?" It's a fruitful question, one of many that Sala poses. A compelling existential mystery, on one level a sort of Catalan answer to Russell Banks' The Sweet Hereafter, with a closing as haunting as a tale by Poe. Altogether brilliant.

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