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After both their marriages collapse, two old friends take to sharing their lives again as they used to. They go out for drinks, have long conversations, and try, all in all, to hide away from the world. One day, one of them is stabbed to death in his apartment. His friend will then seek out the truth. An engaging combination of literary fiction and psychological thriller, "Bad Light" is the debut novel of the most prestigious short-story writer in Spain. A ruthless reflection on life and the human condition.
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"Castan's intense literary style reflects his advanced studies in philosophy; his prose is dense with serious reflection, poetry, weaving his words with those of writers and thinkers such as Primo Levi, Marguerite Duras, Emil Cioran, and Paul Celan. Bad Light is chock-full of lines to be underlined about love, literature, art, loneliness, friendship, death, and old age."-Fjords Review; "The first novel by a distinguished Spanish writer mainly known for his short stories turns out to be a primer in existential thinking about death and dying... Much of the action of the novel is internal and psychological and plays out against the intellectual background of writers like Marguerite Duras... A meditative and philosophical 'thriller'."-Kirkus Reviews; "A heir to Javier Marias ... An outstanding stylistic narrative. A joyful discovery."-J. M. Pozuelo Yvancos, ABC Cultural; "A powerful, harrowing and profound read brimming with literature... A very literary novel, excellently well-written."-Javier Velasco Oliaga; "Everything in this great novel has a meaning and a sense of purpose ... The anonymous narrator accomplishes, through loss and death, true grandeur." -J. A. Masoliver Rodenas, La Vanguardia