Snippet: Torrent’s “Individuals like us”

Ferran Torrent, Individus com nosaltres [Individuals like us], 2017, 368 p.

publisher’s summary:

The best Ferran Torrent is here again with a new, frenetic book. The implacable portrait of the daily life of a country at a certain time.

It’s the beginning of 2015 and the political panorama in Valencia will shortly change in ways unheard of during decades… but the people who live against the stream cannot and don’t want to stop doing it. Marc Sendra, a journalist turned into self-employed after leaving his newspaper, is preparing a novel on a historic robbery in downtown Valencia. He does so with the help of old acquaintances, such as El Llargo, El Messié, Father Rafel and the Mythic Regino, as well as the retired detective Toni Butxana, the Torres brothers and the former police commissioner Tordera. However, there stumble in a totally unexpected kidnapping and an assassination; elements that he himself wanted to add to the book as incentives, and that are suddenly becoming a part of the most immediate reality…

Ferran Torrent (Sedaví, Valencia region, 1951) is a writer and journalist.


From a review by Julià Guillamon:

Torrent has created a formula that always works, with lovable characters, with different plots of intrigue falcated with each other, like a big farolero poker game or a microscopic billiards, with a critical and melancholic view of the autonomous region of Valencia that in each new installment incorporates the novelties of the moment.

… Torrent never disappoints… you leave with the pockets full of simple and honest fun [casino metaphor].

There a quite a lot of previous titles written by Ferran Torrent since the 1980s in which star the same characters, or at least some of them; the most recent:

Cambres d’acer inoxidable [Stainless steel chambers], 2000

Societat limitada [Ltd.], 2002

Judici final [Final judgment], 2006

Només socis [Only members/Members only (?)], 2008

Un dinar un dia qualsevol [Lunch some day], 2015

According to the Catalan writers’ association, some of his works have been translated into French, German, Italian and Spanish.

SOURCE: Grup 62 (Planeta, publisher); review in “Cultura/s”, La Vanguardia, June 17, 2017, p. 43 [printed edition]


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