The Old Friends
Los viejos amigos
A group of old comrades get together for dinner. Once they were united by a common project: the revolution. Now, so many years later, they are revising the meaning of their own existences. Looking at their lives as something provisional, full of emptiness, guilt, disappointment, bitterness and betrayal. Los viejos amigos, written with a literary voice that has no room for complacency, proposes a reflection on the human condition and the chances of the individual to contribute to the flow of history. A novel of obsessive voices that seeks answers in a time of a crisis of values, an age when human beings have renounced control of their own destinies.
TRANSLATION RIGHTS SALES
- Germany (Antje Kunstmann)
- France (Rivages)
- The Netherlands (Menken, Kasander & Wigman)
- Turkey (Özgür)
Rafael Chirbes (Tabernes de Valldigna 1949 – Beniarneig, Spain, 2015) studied Modern and Contemporary History in Madrid. He worked as a literary critic and wrote for a travel magazine for some years. His novel La larga marcha was awarded in Germany with the SWR/Die Bestenliste Prize. Among many other awards, with Crematorio (2007) and En la orilla (2014) he obtained the Critics Prize, and with En la orilla also the National Prize for Narrative.
A tribute to Rafael Chirbes by Valerie Miles.