The Speed of Light Javier Cercas
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The Speed of Light

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

The new novel from the bestselling author of Soldiers of Salamis uncovers the harrowing secrets at the centre of two men’s intertwined lives
The young hero of The Speed of Light is an aspiring writer in provincial Spain in the 1980s, dreaming of burning success, searching for a real story to tell. Out of the blue he is offered the chance to work in a in a Midwestern university and soon he is in the United States, living a happy, carefree life, working and writing.
Little does he know that his burgeoning friendship with the Vietnam Vet Rodney Falk, a man of few friends and strange ways, will influence the course of his entire life, or that he will become obsessed with unravelling the mystery at the heart of Rodney’s life.
Why do people sometimes ridicule and sometimes fear Rodney? Why does he shun the world? Why does he accept and befriend the narrator? What really happened at My Khe?
When the young writer’s own life takes a terrible twist many years later, Rodney may be the only person in the world who can save him.
(From Publisher)

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Javier
Cercas

Javier Cercas is a lecturer in Spanish Literature at the University of Girona. He is the author of Outlaws, The Tenant and The Motive, The Anatomy of a Moment, Soldiers of Salamis and The Speed of Light.

Photo Credit: LM. Palomares

Javier Cercas is a lecturer in Spanish Literature at the University of Girona. He is the author of Outlaws, The Tenant and The Motive, The Anatomy of a Moment, Soldiers of Salamis and The Speed of Light.

Photo Credit: LM. Palomares

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Anne
McLean

Anne McLean translates Latin American and Spanish novels, short stories, memoirs, and other writings. She has twice won both the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Premio Valle Inclán, and received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award with Juan Gabriel Vásquez for his novel The Sound of Things Falling. She lives in Toronto.

Anne McLean translates Latin American and Spanish novels, short stories, memoirs, and other writings. She has twice won both the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Premio Valle Inclán, and received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award with Juan Gabriel Vásquez for his novel The Sound of Things Falling. She lives in Toronto.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
06/11/2006
Country
Spain
Original Language
Spanish
Author
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing
Translator
Anne McLean

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