"The singles scene of Barcelona's lonely low life. Sweet and seedy."-Elle
"An expertly constructed parable of human loneliness, brilliantly disguised as an extremely funny book."-Philadelphia Inquirer
"It's funny, dirty, sporadically grotesque and set in Barcelona. What more do you want?"-The Face
A night porter in a sleazy Barcelona hotel, the only thing the 40-year-old Antonio Castro has going for him is his resemblance to Frank Sinatra. Thinking he has nothing to lose, Antonio joins a lonely hearts club and into his life come a Pérez Galdós widow, a dwarf poet, a gay barman.
The Lonely Hearts Club is a novel of Barcelona. Its people and its places, the Ramblas, the Plaza Real, the Barrio Chino, are brought to life in a book that is outrageously funny but never loses sympathy with its characters.
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Raul Nunez was born in Buenos Aires and lived in Barcelona from 1975 until his death in 1988.From Publishers Weekly:
The loneliness of the modern urban orbit receives strange treatment in this hilarious, insightful and often raunchy novel by a Barcelona resident. At 40, Frankie (Antonio, really, but he looks like Frank Sinatra) has a drab existence: his days are aimless and at night he's a porter in a seedy Barcelona hotel. Since his wife left, women have become "remote and unattainable," so he joins a lonely hearts correspondence club, thereby opening a veritable Pandora's box of Barcelona eccentrics. First there's Hortensia Garcia, a middle-aged widow who invites Frankie for Sunday dinner. It's a subdued affair until her son arrives: a teenage thug who robs Frankie at razor point. Frankie also hears from a kindhearted transvestite, a tough-talking ex-con in need of a friend, and other unsuitable correspondents. Even "normal" life begins to take odd turns, as when his 83-year-old boss, "the Lizard," badgers Frankie into showing him the city's nightlife and then drops dead on a nightclub dance floor. From marriage proposal to death threat, Nunez shrewdly probes despair and isolation through brash, fast-paced comedy.
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Book Description Serpent's Tail, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1852427523