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The Goldsmith's Secret

by Elia Barceló
Translated by David Frye

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One snowy night in New York City, a successful but solitary goldsmith reflects on his life, and his unreliable memories intertwine and collide. Returning to the village where he grew up, he hopes with some trepidation that he will encounter Celia, ‘the Black Widow’, a beautiful and mysterious friend of his mother with whom he had a short and passionate affair when he was a teenager, before she rejected him. But instead he meets a young woman who opens doors onto a strange world, and takes him back in time. The Goldsmith’s Secret is a remarkable story with a magical twist, of a love trapped between two parallel times, set Spain in the fifties, seventies, and in the last year of the twentieth century.

In beautifully economical language, and with a structure as intricate and refined as a bevelled jewel, The Goldsmith’s Secret is filled with intense nostalgia, memories and desires. Elia Barceló has come to be known across Europe as a truly original voice, and her books as poetic works of great subtlety.

‘… the novel is a reflection upon how the memories of love often confuse past with present, and influence the future. Yet Barceló is not simply content to make a point of a love-infused nostalgia that afflicts us all, but actually plays with time and chronology in order to present us with a story that is both credible and incredible … The prose is concise and lyrical, even deceptively simple, as the poetic sentences hide a complex and playful structure’ Andrea Acle, Historical Novels Society.

‘This is a beautiful, romantic tearjerker without any of the saccharine fussiness’ The Writer’s HUB magazine.

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