Books by Carme Riera

IN THE LAST BLUE by Carme Riera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2007

"Not an easy read, and at times overlong, but a book with moments of brilliance."
The persecution of Majorcan Jews during the Spanish Inquisition is the rich subject of this ambitious 1994 novel, the second book in English translation from the prominent Catalan author (A Matter of Self-Esteem, 2001). Read full book review >
A MATTER OF SELF-ESTEEM by Carme Riera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

Issues of authenticity and fidelity are the core material of this attractive collection of six short stories and a novella, gathered from volumes published in 1989 and 1991 by a prominent Spanish (Catalan) author. The selections are somewhat hermetic, in that many of Riera's characters are academics or writers obsessed by their own overcrowded sensibilities. Still, she observes them with impressive clarity—notably in the Maupassant-like "Surprise at Sri Lanka," a wry tale of a teenaged poet married to a virtually sexless septuagenarian ("Against Love in Company"), and especially the title novella, in which a betrayed woman writer exacts an ingenious literary revenge on a lover who proves "more at home in the world of fiction than in real life." Sophisticated and fun. Read full book review >