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Ordesa

(2020)
A novel by

 
 
Ordesa – a small Spanish town in the Pyrenees – is where our narrator was born, a place his father loved dearly, a place suffused with memories. Now, forty-six years later, he returns to the valley with his own children on a summer vacation. His parents are dead, his marriage has ended and he’s struggling to piece together the bits of himself.

Single and living in an apartment he hates, clinging to snatched moments of quality time with his apathetic children, newly sober and with his career on the wane, the ghosts of the narrator’s family besiege him, but also bring him hope. Out of despair, he writes this chronicle, this homage, this memoir of his family: grandparents whose photos were never taken, whose funerals were never attended, parents unable to show their love. Maybe the tragedy of life itself is not death, but truly realising the importance of family only once they’ve passed. Perhaps this trip to Ordesa can help him fall in love with life – his life – once more.

A masterwork of autofiction from Spanish literary icon Manuel Vilas, Ordesa is a deeply moving meditation on identity, nationality, family, loss and the passing of time.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Powerful, sincere, gritty at times, about the loss of parents, about the pain of words that weren't said and about the need to love and be loved. Excellently written. I'm not surprised at all by its success." - Fernando Aramburu

"This book is magnificent, brave and heartbreaking." - Javier Cercas

"This is the album, the archive, the memory without lies or consolation of a life, a time, a family, a social class condemned to so much effort for very little obtained. A lot of precision is needed to tell these things, the acid, the sharpened knife, the exact needle to burst the balloon of vanity. What's left in the end is the clean emotion of truth and the distress of everything lost." - Antonio Muñoz Molina


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Hardback Editions

December 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: Ordesa
Author(s): Manuel Vilas
ISBN: 1-78689-731-8 / 978-1-78689-731-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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December 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ordesa: A Novel
Author(s): Manuel Vilas
ISBN: 0-593-08404-7 / 978-0-593-08404-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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Audio Editions

December 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Ordesa: A Novel
Author(s): Manuel Vilas, Andrea Rosenberg - translator
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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December 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Ordesa: A Novel
Author(s): Manuel Vilas, Andrea Rosenberg - translator
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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Kindle Editions

December 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Ordesa
Author(s): Manuel Vilas
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


December 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Ordesa: A Novel
Author(s): Manuel Vilas
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA