Life Almost Still

Life Almost Still

By Carme Riera
Translated by Josep Sobrer

Anthem Cosmopolis Writings

One missing person case remains unsolved and now another student has disappeared from Barcelona University. His girlfriend and colleagues report matters to the police and university authorities but they refuse to become involved in the case, believing that he has left voluntarily. This soon changes, however, as the college becomes a backdrop for a suspenseful account of grisly murders.

Paperback, 258 Pages

ISBN:9781783084616

June 2016

£10.99, $15.95

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About This Book

In November 2007, Romain Lannuzel Erasmus, student at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​mysteriously disappeared without a trace. This case remains unsolved, when the novel begins with another mysterious disappearance of Costantinu Iliescu, a Romanian student. His girlfriend and two of his Erasmus colleagues sound the alarm and move heaven and earth to find him, but both police and university officials believe that Iliescu has left voluntarily and refuse to get involved. However, they will soon have to change their minds as the events that occur after the disappearance of the Romanian student reveal that something terrible, dark and macabre is happening at the college.

A team of policemen, including Deputy Inspector Manuela Vazquez, open an in-depth investigation and the potential suspects multiply. In the minds of teachers, police officers and students, the thick shadow of what appears to be a meticulous and bloodthirsty murderer looms.

Carme Riera endorses the best elements of the thriller genre to create a state of tension and suspense that is maintained until the last page. The prose is evocative, almost cinematic and knows how to combine brilliantly intrigue, irony and social criticism.

Reviews

‘Excellent thriller. The minutiae extraordinary narrative, dosage information and wise way to uncover the clues create a tension in the reading does not end until the last page.’ —Xavier Pla, Avui

‘Riera uses the tools of gender, especially intrigue that accompanies each page. A challenge ultimately approved with flying colors.’ —Carles Cabrera, Diario de Mallorca

‘Riera is a perfect connoisseur of the orthodoxy of the thriller and has complied with the complex rules imposed genre.’ —Martin Andreu

‘Venerable boldness of this important career writer , professor at the Autonomous University who decides to tell a serious criminal and very serious (and very bloody) business that develops, precisely through the halls, offices, bathrooms and gardens campus this , her university , which becomes a place of nightmare.’ —Lilian Neuman, , La Vanguardia

Author Information

Carme Riera was born in 1948 in Palma de Mallorca. She is a prolific author who has written novels, essays, and has ventured into scriptwriting.

A native of Barcelona, Josep Miquel Sobrer has translated a number of English titles into Catalan and has translated from Catalan into English Mercè Rodoreda's Broken Mirror and works by Pere Calders and others.

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