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Winter Journey

Jaume Cabré, Patricia Lunn (Translated by)


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With this highly original collection of short stories, Catalonian writer Jaume Cabré takes his place among the masters of the form. In Winter Journey, the reader encounters disparate and often desperate characters—pianist, cuckold, whore, organ builder, rabbi, priest, scholar, thief, hitman, madman, Holocaust survivor, oligarch, failed artist—who challenge notions about will, morality, and “the riddle of existence.” This is not a selection of individual stories, but a singularly brilliant and enigmatic narrative, novelistic in its approach, with mysterious connections linking characters, objects, and ideas across time and place. The text takes the form of a Schubertian musical progression in prose, a philosophical mystery moving freely through a labyrinth of centuries and cities, historical and contemporary. 

Richly allusive with its themes and motifs of music and art, Winter Journey will continue to provoke questions long after the reader has closed the book. This edition represents the first translation of Cabré’s work into English and an invitation to many more readers to come along for the ride.

Praise For Winter Journey

Winner of the 2010 Premi d'Honor de les Lletres Catalanes
— Òmnium Cultural

Winter Journey is a ‘pan-tonal’ tour de force, a contrapuntal canon whose multiple motifs, including missing Rembrandts, unreat texts, and unrequited love, coalesce like memory to evoke the fragility of love and beauty in the shadow of mortality.”

— Michele Levy

Swan Isle Press, 9780974888163, 182pp.

Publication Date: January 15, 2010

About the Author

Jaume Cabré is a novelist, essayist, screenwriter, playwright, and philologist. Among his works are the novels La teranyina, Fra Junoy o l’agonia dels sons, Senyoria, L’ombra de l’eunuc, and Les veus del Pamano.

Patricia Lunn is professor emerita in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Michigan State University. She is coauthor of the textbook En Otras Palabras and the author of other books and articles on Spanish and Catalan.