The Party's Over

Goytisolo, Juan

Published by Grove Press, 1966
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Title: The Party's Over

Publisher: Grove Press

Publication Date: 1966

Binding: hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition.


New York. 1966. Grove Press. 1st American Edition. Date Penned On Front Free Endpaper,Otherwise Very Good In Dustjacket. Translated from the Spanish by Jose Yglesias. 188 pages. hardcover. Cover design by Kuhlmann Associates. keywords: Translated Literature Spain. inventory # 35945. FROM THE PUBLISHER - In four sharp, clear episodes, linked by theme and intent, Juan Goytisolo portrays modern Spain after thirty wearying years of dictatorship. On the surface, these are love stories-the author in tact subtitles his work ‘Four attempts to define a love story.’ Each deals with upper middle-class marriages gone stale, their days filled with endless rounds of aimless parties, excessive drinking, and infidelity: the men are exhausted, the women passive, their lives together flat and unsatisfying. On a deeper level, Goytisolo is subtly presenting the social and political face of Spain, of which these people constitute an elite. It is a picture of a nation ‘half-dead at the top.’ Yet the hopelessness and sterility of these wealthy, indolent people are set against a peasantry virtually as corrupt and impotent: we see that the society is half-dead at the bottom, as well. In the tersest of prose, Goytisolo describes a Spain at once feverish and somnambulistic, its people the victims of the society which they themselves create. Goytisolo’s earlier work earned him, in the words of The New York Times, ‘a reputation as one of the most impressive young talents to emerge in post-war Europe.’. . Date Penned On Front Free Endpaper,Otherwise Very Good In Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 35945

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