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A Thousand Morons by Quim Monzo

A Thousand Morons (original 2007; edition 2012)

by Quim Monzo, Peter Bush (Translator)

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Title:A Thousand Morons
Authors:Quim Monzo
Other authors:Peter Bush (Translator)
Info:Open Letter (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 111 pages
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Quim Monzó is one of the most highly regarded contemporary Catalan authors, who has only recently been recognized in the English speaking world thanks in large part to Open Letter Books, which has published three of his books in translation in the past three years, Gasoline, Guadalajara, and A Thousand Morons. Although he has written several novels, articles and essays, he is best known in Spain and Europe for his short stories, which are generally surreal and comedic works filled with identifiable characters who find themselves in absurd situations, largely of their own doing.

A Thousand Morons, originally published in 2007, is the latest collection of short stories by Monzó to be translated into English. The first portion of the book consists of longer works, such as "Mr. Beneset", in which a man visits his somewhat unorthodox father in an old people's home, and "Love Is Eternal", about a man who decides to marry his apparently dying girlfriend, whereas most of the stories in the second part are less than five pages in length, including "Next Month's Blood", where the archangel Gabriel receives a surprise when he tells Mary that God has decided to bless her with a son, and "A Cut", in which a boy with a large neck wound is upbraided by his teacher for interrupting class and spilling blood on the floor.

Monzó excels in portraying an ordinary character in a everyday situation that slowly unfolds into a wickedly surreal one. My favorite was "Saturday", a story about a woman who progressively gets rid of everything was owned by and reminds her of her former husband, but then goes just a bit overboard in the process.

I thoroughly enjoyed this short story collection, and I look forward to reading the other three books by Monzó that I already own. ( )
1 vote kidzdoc | Dec 8, 2013 |
Very interesting collection of short stories. Many of them are extremely poignant and just a little strange, which is exactly how I like my short stories. ( )
1 vote CassieLM | Apr 2, 2013 |
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Presents a collection of short stories with a theme of irony, including one in which a young boy in scolded by his teacher for coming to school with a neck wound.

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