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A Man of His Word (excerpt)

Imma Monsó

Born in Lleida in 1959, Imma Monsó

is one of Catalan's most beloved

fiction writers, and a contributor to

the main Spanish and Catalan


El País,

La Vanguardia

and others. All her literary works

have been translated into Spanish,

and most of them on to several

other languages, with numerous awards.

A Man of His Word

is a work of sudden mourning, as the

narrator comes to terms with her deceased husband, whom

she calls


– Catalan for


. The book is riven in a

novel dual structure, with A chapters—"A for affection,

amusement and acceptance"—and B chapters—"B for

barbarous, brutal, bare" competing for the anguished, dual

attention toward remembrance and reconciliation.

This is the author's first work available in English, now just


Translated by Maruxa Relaño and Martha Tennent.