José C. Vales, Celeste 65, 2017, 592 p.
A new literary comedy set in 1960s Nice
In the 1960s, Linton Blint, a man with a grey life, embittered by his lack of character and mistreated by his family, sees himself forced to flee from England.
Though he is terrified by a world that he mistrusts and that he doesn’t know (the pop and rebel one of the 1960s), he gets to the city of Nice, on the French riviera, where he is marveled by all the brilliance and glow of summer in one of the most glamorous cities of the world, encircled by pop music, very angry fashion and movie stars.
He stays at the luxurious hotel Negresco, and without really understanding how, he ends up involved in a delirious intrigue in which there mix the follies of the 60s with the large scale political conflicts that also characterized this epoch.
Entangled in a cruel criminal spiderweb, Linton will have to overcome his fears and his bewilderment to become a hero, both in love and in the brilliant society of Nice.
from a review by Lilian Neuman:
… The readers will believe in this gallery of formidable and intriguing Cote d’Azur characters. …
A good affair with lethal ladies and bodyguards. And that flows in this foam of the days that José Vales (Zamora, 1965) –translator and Nadal prize winner with Cabaret Biarritz— captures with irony and humor, with talent and love for a time and a place. …
Sounds like good entertainment for dark winter days; and the book has got a nice cover. There is a 2015 post on Vales’ earlier, prize-winning novel.
SOURCE: Destino (Planeta, publisher); review in “Cultura/s”, La Vanguardia, Nov. 4, 2017, p. 8 [printed edition]