David Trueba translated from the Spanish by John Cullen

Blitz


Publication Date: Aug 30, 2016

176 pp

Ebook

List Price US $7.99
ISBN: 9781590517857

Trade Paperback

List Price US $15.95
Trim Size (H x W): 5.5 x 8.25


From the author of Learning to Lose, David Trueba’s new novel about a young architect’s affair with an older German woman

Blitz is a romantic tragicomedy that recounts the exploits of Beto, an architect who heads to Munich with his girlfriend to take part in a landscape-planning competition, where he hopes to improve his career prospects. Like a flash of lightning, a text message Beto wasn’t meant to receive shatters his life and ideals and leaves him bewildered and heading nowhere—until he unintentionally falls into the arms of an older woman, Helga, in a cross-generational encounter that is the beating heart of the tale.

With sensitivity and biting wit, Trueba crafts a story of lost souls and lost loves, humorously critiques male narcissism, and shows us that in this modern age it is more important than ever to appreciate every moment and embrace intimacy when lucky enough to find it, from wherever it may come.

 



Excerpt from Blitz

JANUARY

The message read:

“haven’t told him yet, it’s really hard. argh. i ♥ u.”

But the message wasn’t for me. Life changes when the love messages aren’t for you. That love message arrived like a lightning bolt, unexpected and electric, and changed my life.

I was standing at the bar, my fingertips brushing the green plastic tray on which a bustling cook would place my order as soon as it was properly embalmed in silver foil. I felt my cell phone vibrate in my pocket. I’ve never picked a sound to alert me to incoming calls or text messages. Ringtones are a nuisance, so sudden and rude. I don’t even ring doorbells. If I can, I limit myself to a few little raps with my knuckles on the wood. So when it comes to my cell phone, the vibration’s enough for me. Sometimes I’m afflicted with what’s called vibrating phone syndrome, the false impression that your phone’s vibrating in your pocket, and when you take it out you find there’s no call, there’s no message, it was all in your head. My friend Carlos says cell phones will have the same fate as cigarettes: seventy years after being popularized and diffused throughout the population, they’ll come to be persecuted as a harmful addiction. He says there will be deaths, million-dollar judgments, and detox clinics. [ . . . But this] vibration was real and the message came to me, even though I wasn’t the person it was intended for. Marta had sent it. So I turned and looked over to where she was sitting, at the table next to the window. The table we’d sat down at just a very short while ago, before my life changed.


“Lively and amusing.” —Publishers Weekly

“Trueba’s tale is both moving and humorous, a powerful reminder to make the most of  those intimate moments when the opportunity presents itself.” —Book Riot

Praise for Learning to Lose:

“Trueba scores with his story about the need people have to connect to others, whether through sports, love, or money.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

“One part Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, one part Paul Haggis’s Crash, the rest is all David Trueba, modern day Madrid, and a narrative that pulsates with longing, lust, and simmering rage. Don’t dare pick it up if you have plans for the weekend, or for the rest of the day for that matter. It’s that good. I was casting the adaptation in my mind as I tore through it. Vivid, real, and raw, the novel is at once unsparing and entirely humane. Simply masterful.” —Joe McGinniss, Jr., author of The Delivery Man

Learning to Lose is complex, powerful, surprising, and most of all smart. David Trueba is the real thing. I had a lot of work on my desk and it is still on my desk. I have however read Mr. Trueba’s novel. Enough said.” —Percival Everett, author of I Am Not Sidney Poitier