A Dog Eating Silence
A Dog Eating Silence
by ISABEL MELLADO
A bold, beguiling and tenderly funny debut collection by the Chilean violinist Isabel Mellado
Penned with an intense and playful voice, these stories are peopled by a taut cast of characters who find themselves at emotional and artistic crossroads. Their paths lead them to a wide variety of scenarios, whose only unifying theme is perhaps music and the limits of language. These stories run the gamut from a love affair with a fish at a five-star hotel to a lonely man carefully listening to the whispering of colors at a museum and even an old woman playing piano naked, wearing just a pearl necklace. Here, Mellado employs an obsessive research of language and beauty that leaves the stories pregnant with inscrutable meaning.
As if it were a concerto, El perro que comía silencio consists of three poetic movements masterfully woven together. Mellado employs a confident and idiosyncratic approach to the form, modulated with warm humor and sharply drawn, haunting images.
- Published in 2011, 126 pages
- Spanish language
- Original title: El perro que comía silencio
- World Spanish: Páginas de Espuma, 2011
"A feast of talent" —ANDRÉS NEUMAN
"There is something about Isabel Mellado’s work that makes it exceptional: a delicate balance between a remarkable plot, and brilliant turns of phrase" —RONALDO MENÉNDEZ
"Why did I not imagine these stories? I ask myself. I hate you, I love you, Isabel Mellado. I would rob each and every word from you and all the silences too” —HIPÓLITO G. NAVARRO
“Mellado's writing originates from a musical sensitivity where melody, rhythm, polyphony and silence are essential” —EL PAÍS
“Mellado shows a vivid imagination for novelty, an eagerness for originality and a taste for absurd literature” —EL CULTURAL
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Easily flowing between the exploration of the literary possibilities of musical language, to the professional practice of classical violin, Isabel Mellado is one of the most original contemporary fiction writers from Chile.
She is the author of a delightful debut novel, Vibrato (2018, Alfaguara), and the short story collection El perro que comía silencio (Páginas de Espuma, 2011), both of them showcasing a persistent and delicate presence of music.