Title: Dead Lands
Author: Núria Bendicho
Translation from Catalan: Maruxa Relaño and Martha Tennent
Original title: Terres Mortes
Publishing date: 14th July 2022
Pages: 192 | ISBN 878-1-7398236-1-0
A violent death unleashes the story of a cursed lineage. Jon was shot in the back, in an isolated house where the only other occupants were his family. Who pulled the trigger?
Thirteen characters. Thirteen different points of view.
Dead Lands is a kaleidoscopic narrative that unfurls an atavistic universe where characters are burdened by brutal origins, two deaths, and a dark secret.
A literary descendant of William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, the novel recalls the obsessive rhythm of Thomas Bernhard, and Mercè Rodoreda’s treatment of anguish in Death in Spring.
Núria Bendicho’s work asks difficult questions about human nature and takes us into a sordid world, one from which it is difficult to emerge without feeling both anger and compassion.