by Alejandro Zambra, translated by Megan McDowell - £12.00 Granta Books (2016)
hardback ISBN 13: 9781783782697 | ISBN 10: 1783782692
Reader, your life is full of choices. Some will bring you joy and others will bring you heartache.
Will you choose to cheat (in life, the examination that follows) or will you choose to copy? Will you fall in love? If so, will you remember her name and the number of freckles on her back? Will you marry, divorce, annul? Will you leave your run-down neighbourhood, your long-suffering country and your family? Will you honour your dead, those you loved and those you didn't? Will you have a child, will you regret it? Will you tell them you regret it? Will you, when all's said and done, deserve a kick in the balls? Will you find, here, in this slender book, fictions that entertain and puzzle you? Fictions that reflect yourself back to you? Will you find yourself?
Relax, concentrate, dispel any anxious thoughts. Let the world around you settle and fade. Are you ready? Now turn over your papers, and begin.
(Price & availability last checked: November 2016)