New York: Knopf, Can you name a Catalan writer? My curiosity may originally have been piqued by a profile of Perucho in the May issue of Catalonia. The piece mentioned his interest in American supernatural writer H. Lovecraft an influence that has proven deleterious in the case of many other writers , South American Magic Realism, Pop Art, science fiction, and so on.

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Natural History by Joan Perucho. Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Conversations 4 , 3. The Chaotic Age No current Talk conversations about this book. Antoni de Montpalau is the aristocratic hero of Juan or Joan for those who prefer the Catalan Perucho's somewhat historical cum vampire novel set in Spain in the 19th century during the Carlist Wars. Montpalau is an almost Diderot type of figure--a man of reason and enligtenment best embodied by the spirit of Revolution which swept across the Americas and Europe in the latter part of the 18th century and first half of the 19th.

His vampiric antagonist is a reactionary Onofre de Dip better known as the Dip who can shapechange into almost anything and is allying himself with the Carlist forces. The Dip is also a vampire with a death wish. Part mystery--part swashbuckling horror story--the prose is very elegant and the movement of the story tense--this is a wonderful book in many respects--it is also a very quirky tale of human redemption--and on top of that the historical stuff isn't bad either.

This is the only book I know of Perucho's who died in to have been translated into english. It is well worth checking out--and a fun read for those who do. Rosenthal is, as you would not expect, a novel. It consists of four parts and an 'Index of Proper Names', has pages of text, and is described on the jacket as 'an eerie, elegant novel Bell Apr 1, Is contained in Obres completes IV.

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