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From the Shadows - by Juan Jose Millas (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 208

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: Absurdist

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press

Author: Juan Jose Millas

Language: English

Street Date: August 27, 2019
TCIN: 77124240
UPC: 9781942658665
Item Number (DPCI): 247-47-4163


Asymptote Book Club selection
Words Without Borders "Watchlist" selection
Publishers Weekly "Writers to Watch" & "Pick of the Week" selection

"Begins as entertaining slapstick, subtly metamorphoses into fable. . . . As [the narrator's] vivid imaginary world fuses with reality this deceptively ethereal novel advances toward a dark and startling finale." --Wall Street Journal

"Spectacularly surreal and cerebral. . . . [From the Shadows] carves a labyrinthine path through a mind withstanding both physical and mental confinements, and the language, rife with darkness and comedy, traces the fine walls of worlds both real and imagined with Kafkaesque soliloquy." --Asymptote Journal

"[From the Shadows is] about alienation, loneliness, voyeurism, and the power of fantasy to transform claustrophobic, humdrum lives. Written by one of Spain's most original and important authors and set in contemporary Madrid . . . [it] pays tribute to a very Spanish tradition, embodied by, among others, surrealists like Luis Bu�uel [whose] 1962 film, The Exterminating Angel, [is] another claustrophobic allegory that turns middle-class comfort into a desert island." --Public Books

"Incredibly strange, truly bizarre--one of the most original stories. . . . Impossible to put down." --Shelf Unbound

"An entertainingly presented look at social isolation and dependency." --Complete Review

"Part surreal comedy, part dark parable, Mill�s's wild work brings readers face to face with the mundane facets of middle-class suburban life. . . . A page-turner of the strangest order, Mill�s's debut stuns and entrances. It's impossible to put down." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A compelling stew of comedy, philosophy, and even tragedy, From the Shadows maintains a light touch, even as sinister undertones bubble underneath." --Foreword Reviews

"Spectacularly bizarre. . . . A Kafkaesque story about transformation and our collective human desire to connect with one another." --Kirkus Reviews

"A penetrating parable of suburban family life. . . . Mill�s tells a compelling story of human connection in a way that is sometimes crude but also darkly funny, insightful and ultimately surprising." --Shelf Awareness for Readers

"The narrative of Juan Jos� Mill�s, our literary Buster Keaton, is inimitable and unique." --La Vanguardia

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