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On the Edge

(2016)
A novel by

 
On the Edgeis a monumental fresco of a brutal contemporary Spain in free fall

On the Edge opens with the discovery of a rotting corpse in the marshes on the outskirts of Olba, Spain - a town wracked by despair after the burst of the economic bubble, and a microcosm of a world of defeat, debt, and corruption. Stuck in this town is Esteban - his small factory bankrupt, his investments stolen by a "friend," and his unloved father, a mute invalid, entirely his personal burden. Much of the novel unfolds in Esteban's raw and tormented monologues. But other voices resound from the wreckage - soloists stepping forth from the choir - and their words, sharp as knives, crowd their terse, hypnotic monologues of ruin, prostitution, and loss.
Chirbes alternates this choir of voices with a majestic third-person narration, injecting a profound and moving lyricism and offering the hope that a new vitality can emerge from the putrid swamps. On the Edge, even as it excoriates, pulsates with robust life, and its rhythmic, torrential style marks the novel as an indelible masterpiece.

 
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Used availability for Rafael Chirbes's On the Edge


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Hardback Editions

July 2016 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: On the Edge
Author(s): Rafael Chirbes
ISBN: 1-84655-848-4 / 978-1-84655-848-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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Paperback Editions

July 2017 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: On the Edge
Author(s): Rafael Chirbes
ISBN: 0-09-959317-3 / 978-0-09-959317-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon UK   

January 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: On the Edge
Author(s): Rafael Chirbes
ISBN: 0-8112-2284-5 / 978-0-8112-2284-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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Kindle Editions

July 2016 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: On the Edge
Author(s): Rafael Chirbes
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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January 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: On the Edge
Author(s): Rafael Chirbes
Publisher: New Directions
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