Vermeer's Milkmaid: And Other Stories

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The theme of non-communication in human relationships in a world saturated with information is the connecting thread in this collection of stories. The mystery of light in Vermeer's famous painting inspires a writer; a travelling lingerie salesman is helped by a rock musician as he waits for his runaway son; an emigrant describes his experiences in Havana to his nephew; and, a thief, killed while robbing a bank, recounts his love story. Non-communication in a world saturated with information is the connecting theme in this lively collection of stories by the author of "The Carpenter's Pencil". The everyday lives of Rivas' unforgettable characters may be desperate and harsh, filled with pain and solitude, but humour and tenderness always redeem them. "Vermeer's Milkmaid" includes the three stories that comprise "Butterfly's Tongue", upon which Jos- Luis Cuerda's acclaimed film of the same title is based.

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Manuel Rivas was born in A Corua in 1957. He writes in the Galician language of north-west Spain. He is well known in Spain for his journalism and television programmes, as well as for his prize-winning short stories and novels, which include the internationally acclaimed The Carpenter's Pencil. Jonathan Dunne is the translator of two of Manuel Rivas's novels, The Carpenter's Pencil and En salvaxe compa-a. His other translations from the Galician include the poetry of Rosal-a de Castro and the short stories of Rafael Dieste.

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'An author who knows how to introduce poetry not just into his sentences but into his way of looking at the world' Le Monde

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