A Bad End
"The burlesque echoes the best Spanish classics, from Quevedo to Camilo José Cela."—M. García Posada, El País
A undesirable finish is the tale of Goyito, a dwarf on the finish of his existence, who tells us, in a sour and sarcastic method, the depressing truth of his lonely adolescence, his macabre reports as a circus clown, and his liaisons dangereuses in Madrid's underworld. Mischief, hope, demise, ambition, revenge—the lifetime of a rascal advised in exuberant, exhilarating language. Winner of the Premio Ojo Crítico.
Fernando Royuela is a Spanish attorney and fiction author who lives in Madrid, Spain.
A flash of instinct sufficed for me to appreciate the tip used to be nigh, that my days might peter out on your palms. Hours, like pages, stick with one another apace in a helter-skelter maelstrom. My hours have been your pages, my pages your hours, and that’s why I’m exhausted. you're my executioner, my hangman, the garrotter by way of appointment to windfall. pay attention to that. end my phrases, learn the void on my face, for the final time shut the ebook you're preserving, then the consummation may be entire.
Harsh nation breezes, fierce frosts, and itches from eczema because of negative own hygiene. Bliss feeds itself and purely wishes a sugar lump or the obvious flavor of a bread roll to discover expression in a child’s smile. The circus was once a fabled paradise in children’s goals, tangible evidence that aside from soreness and difficult grind, there has been room for fable. I played below a number of names. They referred to as me “Gregorio the Great.” in addition they positioned “Goyo the Dwarf” at the posters for a time. I spent sixteen,.
sort, the particular marriage of the Culí-Culás. I urged that Juan Culí should still come into the hoop disguised as a woman—huge, tawdry, with plenty of lace, furbelows, and face paint—and that Frank Culá should still faux to be his husband. It used to be the opposite of genuine lifestyles, which further additional spice to the simulation. Juan Culí could demonstrate a ugly twenty-month being pregnant within the demeanour of a feminine elephant, to which finish he’d grasp a barrel from his waist, inside which I’d be hidden. After the standard.
Day, he possessed an expert conferred through the triumph of palms, which, in these days used to be sacred. i may have submit with all of that—his stamping on me, his slaps, his large contempt—but now not his insistence that I should still continue good clear of his daughter, his insupportable view that I shouldn’t see her or consult her. Sergeant Ceballos was once a bastard invested with definitely the right of may well, notwithstanding that didn’t spare him from a foul finish. I fled from his direction the instant i noticed him within the village, now not.
Madrid. I’d carry out a hand and ask for alms in a great, witty model, possibly spurred on via the place’s grandiose atmosphere. For an honest tip I gave an area, i used to be stored trained in regards to the occasions of weddings, christenings, and the solemnest funerals, in order that while a sacrament or a funeral mass used to be within the offing, I quick lined myself in scabs and grime to dupe the fools and rake it in with all these emotions of sympathy I aroused in others. as soon as, whilst a funeral used to be held at a annoying political second.