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Such Small Hands

Such Small Hands Every once in a while a novel does not record reality but creates a whole new reality one that casts a light on our darkest feelings Kafka did that Bruno Schulz did that Now the Spanish writer Andr s

  • Title: Such Small Hands
  • Author: Andrés Barba Lisa Dillman Edmund White
  • ISBN: 9781945492006
  • Page: 459
  • Format: Paperback
  • Every once in a while a novel does not record reality but creates a whole new reality, one that casts a light on our darkest feelings Kafka did that Bruno Schulz did that Now the Spanish writer Andr s Barba has done it with the terrifying Such Small Hands Edmund WhiteIt was once a happy city we were once happy girls Life changes at the orphanage the day Marin Every once in a while a novel does not record reality but creates a whole new reality, one that casts a light on our darkest feelings Kafka did that Bruno Schulz did that Now the Spanish writer Andr s Barba has done it with the terrifying Such Small Hands Edmund WhiteIt was once a happy city we were once happy girls Life changes at the orphanage the day Marina shows up As she tries to find her place, she creates a game whose rules are dictated by a haunting violence In hypnotic, lyrical prose, Andr s Barba evokes the pain of loss and the hunger for acceptance a masterwork from the Spanish writer at the peak of his powers.

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    1. This one has left me with a lot of thoughts running through my mind, and that is why I'm writing a short review immediately after having finished it when I should really be going to sleep. I was expecting some classic creepy orphanage story and instead got something a lot deeper. I'm torn between giving this one three or four stars so let's read that as a 3 1/2, despite refusal to allow that option.This novella uses short simple sentences to convey complex emotions. Amongst those it explorers a [...]

    2. Dolls have such small hands. So do little girls. And caterpillars have no hands at all. Is there a common denominator here?Broken, coming from together. Moody, surreal, and slightly grotesque.

    3. the third of andrés barba's books to be translated into english (after rain over madrid and august, october), such small hands (las manos pequeñas) may be the best one yet. slim, yet unbelievably taut, the spanish writer's novella murmurs with increasing dread and unease. marina, seven years old, is suddenly orphaned when the automobile she's riding in with her parents flips and slides into oncoming traffic. as her once-privileged life has ineluctably ended, young marina is sent to an orphanag [...]

    4. Nada acerca tanto a dos seres como tener miedo juntosNo sé si la historia es exactamente lo que yo esperaba, pero tiene chispazos muy interesantes, como la atmósfera gótica, el miedo a lo desconocido como flagelo durante toda la nouvelle, misterio y melancolía suspendidos en el aire, descripciones gráficas de lo grotesco y catastrófico, y una prosa muy elegante. Está más cerca del drama que del terror, y sin embargo todo el tiempo está presente la sensación de que algo inquietante y re [...]

    5. “Tonight we’re going to play a game,” she said.“What game, Marina?”“Just a game I know.”“How do you play?”“I’ll tell you tonight.”“Can’t you tell us now?”“No. Tonight.” Andres Berba’s Such Small Hands is just 84 pages long but packs a very unsettling punch, the sort of books that lingers in one’s mind and is best not read just before bed, in much the same way as one of my books of 2017, Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin. And as with Fever Dream I would be sur [...]

    6. Το βιβλίο το αγόρασα χθες και το διάβασα σε δυο "καθισιές", μιας και για κάποιον απροσδιόριστο λόγο ήταν ένα από τα βιβλία της φετινής εκδοτικής σοδειάς που περίμενα πως και πως να διαβάσω. Τελικά, δεν ήταν ακριβώς αυτό που περίμενα. Είναι ένα βιβλίο ιδιαίτερο και αρκετά περί [...]

    7. Se publican un aluvión de libros en España cada año. 103.000 libros en 2011. Cifras que nos deben encaminar a seleccionar muy bien nuestras lecturas, pues sobran libros y nos falta tiempo para leer, y para casi todo lo demás.Esta es la primera novela que leo de Andrés Barba, publicada por Anagrama en 2008. Barba cimenta con tino un universo claustrofóbico, donde vive Marina, una niña que tras perder a sus padres en un accidente de tráfico, se irá a vivir junto a otras niñas en un orfan [...]

    8. This story is odd and rather disconcerting.Marina is a young girl who loses her parents in an accident she survives and she goes to live in an orphanage. This is part written from Marina's POV and part written by the rest of the girls as a collective.It has a hypnotic rhythm and takes on an almost dream-like quality that sinks deeper and deeper into nightmare.It's creepy and nasty but also beautiful and childish. It is certainly not what I expected.

    9. An incredible and unique novella, quite unlike anything I have read, it's written almost from another dimension. The author somehow enters into a childlike perspective and witnesses the aftermath of a car accident in which the child Marina's parents don't survive.Marina sees a psychologist after recovering from her own injuries and is placed in an orphanage. The narrative alternates between Marina's perspective and the collective "we" of all the other girls. Marina is already different, in that [...]

    10. 110 και κάτι σελίδες μονάχα, μα πιο πυκνό και βαρύ από πολλές στρώσεις μπετόν αρμέ "Κλειστή", εσωτερική γραφή και μία unsettling αίσθηση να τα σκιάζει όλα (σόρυ για την αγγλικούρα, μα δεν μπορούσα να βρω τη λέξη που θα απέδιδε καλύτερα τη αύρα της νουβέλας αυτής)."Τίποτα άλλο δεν φέρν [...]

    11. This is the strangest, most alien, horrifying book I’ve read in a while.How do we represent childhood? How do we write about it?I have virtually no memory of my own childhood. I remember being happy. When I try to imagine how I saw the world and experienced things, I think I must have been very thoughtless and instinctive, and Id-driven. Like a little, nearly-feral creature. I imagine myself without an inner life. Without an inner monologue. But, although I’m sure this is probably just a kin [...]

    12. Αγόρασα πρόσφατα αυτό το μικρό βιβλίο, χωρίς να έχω ιδέα για το συγγραφέα του και χωρίς να έχω ακούσει ή διαβάσει κάπου γι' αυτό. Με κέντρισε αρχικά το πολύ όμορφο εξώφυλλο και στη συνέχεια αυτά που διάβασα στο οπισθόφυλλο του βιβλίου. Δυστυχώς στην πορεία η αρχική μου χαρά κ [...]

    13. I bought this on the recommendation of the bookseller at my local independent bookstore. I am so glad I did. Marina is orphaned when she loses both parents in a car accident. She is sent to an orphanage where her beauty and privileged life causes jealousy among the other girls. Marina's only friend is her doll which becomes a fixation for the other girls. The doll also becomes the source of a new game Marina creates. There is a tension that runs through the entire book. It is a string pulling ti [...]

    14. This novella is beautifully written in a hypnotic and compulsive rhythm that almost compels me to like it, but in spite of its craft it is, as a story, repulsive and ultimately meaningless.I got to the end asking myself: ok, if I think this story so questionable, then who has written a better book with a similar theme? And I came up with Loving Sabotage by Amélie Nothomb.

    15. As adults we can recall flashes of feeling and indulgent fantasies that we experienced as children, but these are inevitably wrapped in a kind of silk-smooth nostalgia. Even memories of intense anger and pain are altered by the distance of time because this past now has a context. When you’re child there is no context. So much of literature tries to simulate the actual feeling of childhood, but only manages a sentimental simulation. But something in Andrés Barba’s narrative gets it so exact [...]

    16. Proper review to come, but for now:I think I had been expecting something a little more Gothic and ghostly, but instead this is a tale of the love and cruelty of young girls for each other, and of finding one's way in a world that is suddenly different and a lot more lonely than you're used to.Some gorgeously poetic and gruesome use of the English language, but it's not over the top and cumbersome.The reader is bound to get a pretty sinister picture of the events, but the writing never does spel [...]

    17. There. Are. Not. Words.This book is phenomenal! So tightly crafted. The words. The tragedy. The darkness. Barba is joining Enriquez in my hall of favourite writers.

    18. this book was a fever.I'm always wary reading translated books because I feel like no one can quite capture exactly what an author is trying to say in their native language as well as they can, that so much is lost in trying to find synonyms, but wow — this prose was so beautiful and rich and gutting and would never had known this is a second language edition because the story still felt clawing and tangible. i love i love

    19. Πολύ γοητευτική γραφή. Ευφυής προσέγγιση της μετατραυματική διαταραχής και της συμπεριφοράς του ιδρυματισμου. Αλλά στο τέλος τα εγκλωβισμένα συναισθήματα,βρίσκουν διέξοδο στη βία. Κατά κανόνα αυτό συμβαίνει και στην πραγματικότητα ,αλλά αναπόφευκτα το τέλος της ιστορία [...]

    20. This is the kind of writing I could only enjoy reading in my own language.I can't get into this kind of writing while reading in english.The book is a small novella about a girl named Marina, whose parents die and ends up in an orphanage. I didn't think it was as creepy as I see other people found it. I only liked the part of the game to be honest. I couldn't get into the story before. But it is being translated to Greek, so maybe I'll give it a try in greek.

    21. This is the time of year for ghost stories, but recently it has been difficult to find anything new that is decent, with the exception of Susan Hill, so I have resorted to more classical fare. Barba's novella took my pleasantly by surprise therefore. Though based on an incident in Brazil in the 1960s in which young girls at an orphanage took the life of another child and played with her body parts for a week, this is much more understated and not so grisly. The unsettling nature of the writing c [...]

    22. I really wanted to love this; I enjoyed it, but I wasn't overwhelmed. It's told from two points of view: firstly a girl whose parents die in a car crash and is placed in an orphanage, and secondly from a collective point of view of the rest of the girls in the orphanage (which I thought was the most interesting part). We're very close up inside the heads of the characters and get very little sense of their surroundings or what their lives are like outside of this intense relationship between the [...]

    23. The writing in this was delicious and spooky. It gave me Guillermo del Toro vibes in terms of the representation of childhood and Helen Oyeyemi vibes with the spooky poetic writing. I definitely want to check out more of his books. This is also the second Lisa Dillman translation I’ve read and loved.

    24. Eerie and unsettling, but a little too sparse. In a way, I knew exactly what was coming, so it was the emotional subtext that I found compelling, but the story didn't really go deep enough to draw me all the way in.

    25. Artificial, pretentious, unnatural — though the book was very short, I could hardly keep my eyes open. Not my cuppa

    26. ‘Such Small Hands’ is a chilling account of the dreadful aspects of childhood that lie hidden beneath the innocence of children. It is a novella based on a real life incident that took place in an orphanage in Brazil in 1960. It was originally published in 2008 in Spanish as Las manos pequeñas. And this August, the horror is brought back in another language.~ Originally posted on booksnmyself.wordpress ~*Let us meet MarinaMarina is a 7 year old girl, who has recently lost her parents in a [...]

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