We are very happy to be bringing the acclaimed Catalan author Toni Sala back to the U.S. to tour for his novel The Boys. Centering around the sudden deaths of two young men in the Catalan village of Vidreres, The Boys is a powerful meditation on the centrality of death to our existence, the Spanish economic crash of the 2010s, and the loneliness of Internet culture. With its many philosophical digressions, Sala’s prose is reminiscent of Javier Marías, and its tautness is indebted to the prose of Roberto Bolaño. It is brought to English in Mara Faye Lethem’s beautiful translation.
Below you can see some of the things being said about The Boys. Here are the tour dates:
2/18: Brazos Books, Houston, TX
2/19: Malvern Books, Austin, TX
2/23: Seminary Co-op Bookstore, Chicago, IL
2/24: Penn Book Center, Philadelphia, PA
2/25: Community Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY (with translator Mara Faye Lethem)
We hope you will come out and see one of Catalonia’s most prominent and powerful authors. For a preview of what to expect, here’s an interview Toni gave to BOMB magazine, with Community Bookstore bookseller Hal Hlavinka.
And here are some of the things being said about The Boys:
“Translation-savvy readers might hear a little Rodoreda and Monzó in Sala’s prose, but the most significant comparison could be to Bolaño’s more Iberian-inflected work—light-footed, death-haunted sentences that tumble along at the shuddering speed of a car crash.” — BOMB magazine
“The Boys is a stark tale of confused people trapped in a wrinkle in time, rendered with painful sensitivity and gut-wrenching bleakness. No surprise that Toni Sala has been praised as one of Catalan’s most important writers.” — Counterpunch
“A compelling existential mystery . . . a sort of Catalan answer to Russell Banks’ The Sweet Hereafter, with a closing as haunting as a tale by Poe. Altogether brilliant.” — Kirkus, starred review
“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.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Beautifully composed, The Boys (winner of Catalonia’s highest literary award) heralds a stirring, unique new voice in English translation. Sala’s novel, set in an age of increasing detachment and anxiety, espies unflinchingly the tenuous connections and moral ambiguities of modern life. With vivid characters, confident prose, and a heady mix of style and substance, The Boys deserves major attention from devotees of international literature (and especially fans of António Lobo Antunes, Javier Marías, Gonçalo Tavares, and Roberto Bolaño).” — Jeremy Garber, Powell’s Books