Ben Lerner’s “Leaving the Atocha Station”

Does this novel really belong here? Maybe it does. Leaving the Atocha Station was written by Ben Lerner (Topeka, KS, 1979) in English, but it is set in Madrid, Spain, around the time of the terrorist attacks of March 2004 near Atocha station. The Wikipedia has an article on the author as well as on the book. The Observer (here) and The Believer (author interview here) are among the media that had enthusiastic reviews. The novel’s translations into Spanish and German have been received with similar enthusiasm.


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