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april, 2022

28aprthuFeaturedCome on Up - With Jordi Nopca6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Event Type :Book Presentation

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Join us for the book presentation of Come on Up (Bellevue Literary Press) by Jordi Nopca. Jordi will be in conversation with Cristina Rodriguez to discuss an amazing collection of stories about how global capitalism fails young Barcelona couples in this dynamic English-language debut from a rising literary star.

What happens when the hopes of a generation are dashed by austerity policies and underemployment? Come On Up is a group portrait of contemporary Barcelona, beaten by the economic crisis and divided by a secessionist movement. Always witty, often absurdist, these stories offer a mesmerizing glimpse into the daily lives of couples, families, and neighbors living the new normal of the 21st century.

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“In this book I try to describe the reality of the urban couple, its challenges and flaws, in a contemporary and tourist-overwhelmed Barcelona and try to convey the complexities of a city expanding from downtown to the outskirts. I also wanted to write a book from my generation’s perspective that addresses the experiences of migrants starting a new life in Barcelona and the experiences of our oldest living generation.

These stories are set in bars, malls, cultural centers, and restaurants, but also hospitals and retirement homes. Most of book’s stories include some sort of irony and sense of humor, where absurdity is mixed with despair. If I didn’t approach most of the book’s situations with some irony I would have ended up writing self-help stories, and that was something I definitely wanted to avoid. I hope my readers also believe that literature not only exposes our daily experiences but can also expand them through humor and new forms of perception.”

“Filled with caustic wit and pointed satire . . . [Come On Up] paints a sympathetic portrait of people trying to adapt to the instability that defines their ‘new normal’.” —World Literature Today

“These short stories chronicle the romantic, intellectual, and economic frustrations of disparate characters. . . . From intellectual satire to slapstick comedy, [Come On Up] covers plenty of emotional terrain.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The day will come when there’ll be no need to keep repeating how Nopca’s talent and his corrosive humor have exploded and electrified the literature of Spain: it will be common knowledge.” —Enrique Vila-Matas, author of Bartleby & Co. and Mac’s Problem

“Deliciously absurdist. . . . A caustic, sly humor and sardonic social malaise pervade Come On Up, but never in a disaffected, indifferent way—on the contrary, there’s a liveliness to all the listlessness. . . . Remarkably entertaining.” —Jeremy Garber, Powell’s Books (Portland, OR)

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This presentation is supported by the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC

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Time

(Thursday) 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location

The Wild Detectives

314 W 8th St, Oak Cliff, Dallas

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