From the Shadows

From the Shadows

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Publishers Weekly "Top 10 Books of the Year" selection

Laid off from his job, Damián Lobo obsessively imagines himself as a celebrity being interviewed on TV. After committing an act of petty theft at an antiques market, he finds himself trapped inside a wardrobe and delivered to the seemingly idyllic home of a husband, wife, and their internet-addicted teenage daughter. There, he sneaks from the shadows to serve as an invisible butler, becoming deeply and disastrously involved with his unknowing host family. Every thread of the plot is ingeniously tied together, creating a potent admixture of parable, love story, and thriller. Millás masterfully reveals the everyday as innately surreal as he renders the unbelievable tangible and the trivial fantastical, and full of dark humor.

Juan José Millás is the recipient of Spain's most prestigious literary prizes: the Premio Nadal, Premio Planeta, and Premio Nacional de Narrativa. He is the author of several short story collections and works of nonfiction as well as over a dozen novels, including From the Shadows, the first of his novels to be published in North America. He lives in Madrid.



Author: Juan José Millás
Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
Published: 08/27/2019
Pages: 208
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.45lbs
Size: 7.40h x 5.00w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9781942658665

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 06/10/2019
Kirkus Reviews 06/15/2019
Foreword 06/26/2019
Shelf Awareness 09/06/2019

About the Author

Juan José Millás is the recipient of Spain's most prestigious literary prizes: the Premio Nadal, Premio Planeta, and Premio Nacional de Narrativa. He is the author of several short story collections and works of nonfiction as well as over a dozen novels, including From the Shadows, the first of his novels to be published in North America, and Let No One Sleep, forthcoming from Bellevue Literary Press in August 2022. A regular contributor to El País, Millás has also won many awards for his journalism. He lives in Madrid.

Thomas Bunstead is a writer and translator of leading Spanish-language authors, including Eduardo Halfon, Juan José Millás, and Enrique Vila-Matas. He lives in Lewes, England.

Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor, and translator with some fifty books to his name, including novels by Eduardo Halfon, Juan José Millás, and José Eduardo Agualusa. He lives in Lewes, England.