Ferran Sáez Mateu, La nit contra tu: una novel·la gòtica de la Barcelona dels vuitanta [The night against you: a gothic novel of 1980s Barcelona], 2016, 394 p.
In September 1982, three old lawyers receive the order of arbitrating an important inheritance that implies the restitution of a monstrous, difficult to understand debt. The recipient of the inheritance, a businessman who leads a quiet life in a provincial village in Catalonia, moves temporarily to Barcelona to deal with the paperwork. The pre-Olympian city is a grey and decadent world where the closing of the last neighborhood grocery stores coincides with the lost look of the first junkies. In this twilight atmosphere start to happen things that a first only seem strange or unusual but that later show their unequivocally supernatural nature.
from Julià Guillamon’s review:
In La nit contra tu by FSM there is a fantastic description of how Barcelona was at the beginning of the 1980s: a city that ceased to exist as the decade progressed and the Olympic Games [summer 1992] got closer. (…)
He accompanies you through a Barcelona that has lost its soul, and in this dissatisfied city he develops a story with all the ingredients of the classic horror stories: a mansion, a guy who seems to be the devil, changes of conscience, appearances, splits. (…)
La nit contra tu talks about the loss of volition, of the disconnection of conscience, and from this point of view it can be read as an allegoric novel of the Barcelona of the last thirty or forty years. (…)
An original, stimulating and convincing reading.
SOURCE: Proa (Planeta; publisher); review in “Cultura/s,” La Vanguardia, Nov. 26, 2016, p. 7 [printed edition]