The Speed of Gardens
The Speed of Gardens
by ELOY TIZÓN
A disturbing, emotional portrait of love, loss and growth wich deeply influenced a whole generation
It is safe to say that Velocidad de los jardines is the cornerstone of this generation of the Spanish short story. Published in 1992, this work has become required reading for short-story lovers, with stories on loss, banality and the hardships of coming-of-age, but also on love and wonder.
These subtle stories include: a family crossing a continent devastated by a war; a lonely traveling salesman suspecting an alarming underbelly in his faded, wistful routine; a man and a woman meeting every evening, without even realizing it; a professor celebrates alone, locked in his car, the arrival of a new year…
With a rich, poetic prose, Tizón swiftly weaves a sensitive reflection of life where memories grow gardens and travel at the speed of time.
- Debut novel
- Published in 1992, 152 pages
- Spanish language
- Original title: Velocidad de los jardines
- World Spanish: Páginas de Espuma, 1992, 2017
"A landmark of contemporary short-storytelling" —LA VANGUARDIA
"Eloy Tizón presents in these stories disturbing epiphanies. Its high-spirited language is that of melancholy and helplessness. Yet there is light and a sense of being too" —EL COMERCIO
“A fascinating novel revealing the Latin American history that many try to hide” —EL COMERCIO
“Eloy Tizón is a singular author and out of the conventional norm. A narrator that writes at the edge of poetry, without preventing its brilliant prose to lose force, but allows it to enter its mysterious world” —CUADERNOS DEL SUR
“A master of suggestion” —REVISTA MERCURIO
El País One of the 100 Best Books From The Past 25 years
One of the Best 20th Century Spanish Story Collections by Revista Quimera
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