by ELOY TIZÓN
A new collection of stories intrigued by danger by Eloy Tizón, one of Spain's brightest authors today
What happened at the party last night? What’s in that box that our boss secretly gave us, and asked that we keep closed? Is something moving inside? Is that the faintest sound of...someone crying? What type of apocalypse drove a family from the city, with nothing but their clothes, to end up lost in the forest?
Each of these superbly controlled stories hides a dark element: a silent coincidence, something that can’t quite be named but that invites the reader to dive in and help construct the message. The reader is forced to participate in the strange universes of these ten richly imagined stories, and may find some clarity or a pen to ward off misfortune. There is an obsessive quality to the best of these stories that makes them feel pregnant with inscrutable meaning.
An intelligent and confidently idiosyncratic approach to the form; complex, edgy, barely touched and elegantly crafted.
- Published in 2013, 168 pages
- Spanish language
- Original title: Lighting techniques
- World Spanish: Páginas de Espuma, 2013
- Audio Spanish Rights: Storytel
“Brilliantly controlled stories, modulated with a fluid serenity hiding inscrutable secrets. One of the most outstanding storytellers" —LA VANGUARDIA
"A remote sadness runs through the book, and suddenly makes us laugh out loud, like if we were survivors. Eloy Tizón is one of the greatest of all times" —ANDRÉS NEUMAN
“These stories are like dreams with a double reading. A disturbing universe” —EL PAÍS
“Stories written with a bit of music and a bit of blood, proving him as one of the best storytellers ever” —ABC CULTURAL
“A demanding collection. Eloy Tizón is a long-distance runne” —Fernando Valls, EL PAÍS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eloy Tizón is one of the most celebrated and established Spanish authors, included in John Banville's Dalkey Archive Best European Fiction Writer 2013 list.
He is the author of a wide range of cult literary works, including dazzling short stories collections such as Lighting techniques (2013), Blinking (2006) and The Speed of Gardens (1992), a widely praised landmark work which was an El País “100 Most Interesting Books from Spain in the last 25 years ”, and a Revista Quimera Best XXth Century Stories Collection from Spain”.
PRESS ROUND UP
“Using a very lucid point of view and an intonation aspiring to perfection, these stories produce the effect of a reading under anesthesia, withstanding pain, illness, the fear of others and this hell called “family”
—Daniel Gigena, LA NACIÓN