Ana María Moix, one of Spain’s most well-known writers today, gives us a wonderful collection of short stories, translated by Sandra Kingery. Of My Real Life I Know Nothing is a series of shorts, each containing stories of heartfelt meaning that catches the reader by surprise at each and every ending. For me, nothing gives a short story more to remember it by than a great explanation-point finish, something substantial to catch you offguard.

Moix’s latest collection seems to start out in a more serious tone, with scenes of a tragic nature. As the book progresses, the stories take on more humor while still holding onto the introspective look at human failings. By the time the final story is reached, Mere Puppets, the reader will enjoy an outright humorous look at the varying personalities in a tour group in Italy. Mere Puppets, as funny as it is, continues to deliver the deep undercurrents of human nature one learns to expect, and looks forward to finding, in Moix’s work throughout Of My Real Life I Know Nothing.

If you’re as intrigued by the premise of this collection as I was, I have an extra copy to give away to one of you.

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Published by Latin American Literary Review/Press.

59 Comments

  1. I recently read Out by Natsuo Kirino, trnaslated from Japanese to English.
    It’s a story about an abused wife who kills her husband in self defense.
    Her coworkers help her dispose of his body by putting him into Japanese dumplings at the factory where the women all work.
    I like to read Japanese novels translated into English because I haven’t learned how to read kanji yet.

  2. vicky boackle

    i never have.

  3. I read a translated book from arabic to english while on holiday, but it lost much in the translation. I want to read more translated works however, so thank you for a great giveaway!

  4. I haven’t read any translated works lately.

  5. Buddy Garrett

    I haven’t read any translated works lately.

  6. I recently reah “Monkey” by
    Wu Ch’Eng-En which is a folk novel translated from Chinese. It is just one of the books from ancient China that are roads into their glorious past.

  7. Charlene Vidal

    I have not read any translated work. I would be very interested in reading this book as my husband is from Spain.

  8. I haven’t read any translated works lately.

  9. Haven’t read any translated works in fiction, many thanks love to know. This sounds tatalizing; love the charcoal print.

  10. I haven’t read any translated works lately. If the subject matter was something I was interested in then I’d probably take a look at it.

  11. Constance Spanios

    Seriously, I don’t know if I have read any “formal” translated works, but I am drawn to characters who are “tortured souls”, and who use (sometimes, seemingly innapropriate) humor to transcend thier pain…. I am a nursing student, and I have the priveledge to witness, firsthand, the ability of laughter, gross humor, and over simplification to help ease peoples’ percieved pain…. this book sounds like it is right up my alley…. thanks!

  12. I have not read any translated works lately-I’d be very interested in reading this book