Eduardo Mendoza has 48 books on Goodreads with ratings. Eduardo Mendoza’s most popular book is Sin noticias de Gurb. Results 1 – 30 of Sin noticias de Gurb by Mendoza, Eduardo and a great selection of related books , art and collectibles available now at Sin noticias de Gurb (, English translation No Word from Gurb []), is a short novel by Eduardo Mendoza (b. , Barcelona; Premio.

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The other alien—whose name we never learn—starts then an anxious search for his lost mate. Throughout this chase, the alien narrator tries to make sense of the city of Barcelona, then getting ready for the Olympic Games of An extremely funny satire. This is a series on Literature and the city of Barcelona, and I have become frankly addicted to it.

Sin noticias de Gurb captures very well a particular moment in recent times and although I do recommend it, even Mendoza himself is surprised that this particular work has so many fans of so many different types. Right after watching the interview with Mendoza, I picked up the book and read its pages again, in one sitting. That was possibly my fifth reading and I still laughed hard.

I remember carrying the novel to read on the train as a post-grad student, and having to stop because I was in tears, trying to suppress my out-of-control hilarity.

Yet, this is not enough to explain the success of the novel. Mendoza noted that the accounts of foreign visitors from the remotest past up to show mostly disappointment. Then he explained that, for reasons he fails to understand, particular buildings that were considered just an ugly, inconvenient feature of the city have been re-read as unmissable attractions. There was a lab for blood analysis notjcias one of the tops floors.


One Gurb and his mate are welcome indeed; millions are just an impossible burden. Going back to Sin noticias de Gurbthen, reminds us of how fast the change has been. Surprisingly, there is actually very little about the Games in Gurbedyardo in La ciudad de los prodigios Mendoza shows a unique awareness of how hosting major international events transforms a city.

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eduarfo In that novel the protagonist of the unlikely name—Onofre Bouvila—is direct witness and participant in the two events that frame the action: Though things were not as dramatic, the Forum de les Cultures also failed to galvanize the city, perhaps because we had already started the decline into our current status as a theme park. There has even been an attempt, better forgotten, to stage the Winter Olympics here, in association with the ski resorts in the Pyrenees.

Our imagination is not only stagnant but positively flagging. And without it, any city dies. Perhaps because only an alien can begin to grasp how we have managed to become alienated from our own gugb, while believing that we were finally fulfilling the cosmopolitan dream that would show rival Madrid one thing or two.

I am these days giving the finishing touches to a monographic issue for Science Fiction Studies on Spanish sf. I am certainly dismayed by my own omission, particularly because the list eduxrdo special the films suggest that comedy is a fundamental ingredient of Spanish sf. In the introduction to the issue, I explain noficias comedy compensates for our low self-esteem as a nation. We got the Olympics!


Gurb, wherever you are on the planet, go on having fun.

Sin Noticias De Gurb by Eduardo Mendoza 9783150198261

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Sin noticias de Gurb

You can leave a responseor trackback from your own site. Yes, it happens all the time with Gurb and with Mecanoscrit del segon origen — the aliens are clearly there, and even so the reader has problems seeing the book as SF.

It possibly has to do with the setting and our typical inability to connect Barcelona with science-fiction. Thanks for the comment. Mail will not be published required. This blog is part of Blogs.

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