The Right Intention

The Right Intention

15.95

Andrés Barba

Translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman

Nothing is simple for the men and women in Andrés Barba's stories. As they go about their lives, they are each tested by a single, destructive obsession. A runner puts his marriage at risk while training for a marathon; a teenager can no longer stand the sight of meat following her parents' divorce; a man suddenly fixates on the age difference between him and his younger male lover. In four tightly wound novellas, Andrés Barba establishes himself as a master of the form.

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PRAISE FOR THE RIGHT INTENTION

"Barba is a master of the novella . . . A gorgeous, fully realized collection."—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"The four novellas in Barba’s wonderful and intense new collection share a melancholy sensibility and a yearning, born of persistent loneliness."—Publishers Weekly

"The destructive consequences of those obsessions, traced with an almost clinical precision, are the substance of Barba’s absorbing, unnerving stories."—Words Without Borders

PRAISE FOR SUCH SMALL HANDS

"Barba inhabits the minds of children with an exactitude that seems to me so uncanny as to be almost sinister."—The Guardian

"Barba is intensely alive to the shifting, even Janus-faced nature of strong feeling."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Such Small Hands is a magnificently chilling antidote to society’s reverence for ideas of infantile innocence and purity."—Financial Times

"Barba’s stunning and beautiful prose helps us realize that our adult incomprehension is not absolute."—Los Angeles Review of Books

"Each one of these pages is exquisite, and the end result is a perfectly expressed work that transmits the perverse and bizarre experience that is youth, where games signify life and death and where relationships are teased and pushed to the breaking point."—Music & Literature

"A lyrically rich and devastating portrayal of adolescent struggle."—ZYZZYVA

"A darkly evocative work about young girls, grief, and the unsettling, aching need to belong."— Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

PRODUCT INFO

First Published: March 13, 2018
Fiction/Literary
5.25 x 8 | 292 pages
Rights: WE
978-1-945492-06-8 (paperback)
978-1-945492-09-9 (ebook) 

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