"The burlesque echoes the best Spanish classics, from Quevedo to Camilo José Cela."—M. García Posada, El País
A undesirable finish is the tale of Goyito, a dwarf on the finish of his existence, who tells us, in a sour and sarcastic method, the depressing truth of his lonely adolescence, his macabre reviews as a circus clown, and his liaisons dangereuses in Madrid's underworld. Mischief, wish, demise, ambition, revenge—the lifetime of a rascal advised in exuberant, exhilarating language. Winner of the Premio Ojo Crítico.
Fernando Royuela is a Spanish attorney and fiction author who lives in Madrid, Spain.
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Now he was once a leftover guy on a degree being dismantled through swap, a cadaver adrift from the zeitgeist. there has been no wish for them, just a ultimate transit. Adultery and mistresses had simply been legalized by means of the Cortes, and the Spanish, duly expert concerning the benefits of poll bins and cock-a-hoop with the aid of the age of majority to the blameless age of eighteen, have been desirous to vote for a new structure, through a margin of eighty-eight according to cent. lower than a month ahead of, a few high-ranking army officials have been stuck plotting, breakfasting amid a galaxy of rampant nostalgia, a coup d’état that might have channeled the native land again alongside a pristine course of justice with public order reinstated and morality rearmed, which might were no undesirable factor by way of the sowing and perpetuation of our miscreant methods; it used to be to not be. That used to be the penultimate twist in Spain’s historical past of darkness. The final could come numerous years later, entire with a gruesome operetta starring squaddies in interval costume, as a newspaper around the pond was once quickly to show. the realm could once more have discovered to talk Spanish. more and more locked within the cul-de-sac of the long run anticipating me if I remained marooned in these dirty territories, I most popular to concentration my suggestions on plans to raid the riches of religion Oxen. the belief of stripping her, whereas she was once nonetheless alive, of the products she’d shamelessly concealed in her bed room cloth wardrobe, within a secure embedded within the wall, appeared quite repugnant, now not by way of the larceny itself, yet simply because later on, I’d be compelled to overcome it with my booty, and that may deprive me for reliable of the shut touch I so wanted with Blondie. I’d nonetheless now not discounted the distant, if loopy, risk that i would bend her ear and declare her groin as my trophy. the belief of killing the outdated lady to thieve the pearls and gold trinkets of hers from Moscow or at any place that made her cache so tasty appeared wildly appealing, yet slender might have instantly concept her violent demise suspicious and are available after a percentage of the spoils. within the occasion, trapped as i used to be among my filthy fantasies on scorching nights on the temperate Trinitarians’ and my days spent surviving the dizzy whirlwind of heritage, I concluded that the main brilliant answer was once to bop to the pace of a dying that regarded more and more coming near near, expecting the inevitable denouement, so that’s what I did, even if that didn’t suggest I simply folded my palms; particularly the opposite, I hastened the top on, sweetening the outdated girl’s repose with tidbits, pastries, anisette, chocolate bars, and different succulent treats she downed in extra. She used to be diabetic and peed an excessive amount of. I’ve constantly mocked the recalcitrance of people that, while confronted with the disastrous aftermath in their misfortunes, were not able to know a transcendent experience of metaphysical inevitability. although they name it undesirable success, they don’t see it as a suite of conditions prearranged via windfall the place makes an attempt to alter or redirect are expressly forbidden.