Joaquin Perez Azaustre in B O D Y

“These are pursuits which escape his comprehension, though he knows they exist, that all this human matter and its temporal framework are what the city feeds on: what would happen if all these people suddenly vanished into thin air, if the children never went back to school and their parents failed to appear punctually and whisk them away; what if the teachers never left home, for no good reason, if they had the same thought as his mother and they disappeared…”

From the excerpt of The Swimmers by Spanish novelist and poet Joaquín Pérez Azaústre in a translation by Lucas Lyndes. The novel is being published on August 27, 2013 and is a powerful, haunting and unique read.

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