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The Nocilla Trilogy

By Agustín Fernández Mallo & Thomas Bunstead
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A landmark in contemporary Spanish literature, Agustin Fernandez Mallo’s Nocilla Trilogy—Nocilla Dream, Nocilla Lab, and Nocilla Experience—presents multiple narratives of people and places that reflect America and the world in the digital age of the twenty-first century.

In the middle of the Nevada desert stands a solitary poplar tree covered in hundreds of pairs of shoes. Farther along Route 50, a lonely prostitute falls in love with a collector of found photographs. In Las Vegas, an Argentine man builds a peculiar monument to Jorge Luis Borges. On the run from the authorities, Kenny takes up permanent residence in the legal non-place of Singapore International Airport, while the novelists Enrique Vila-Matas and Agustín Fernández Mallo encounter each other on an oil rig.

These are just a few of the narrative strands that make up Fernández Mallo’s Nocilla TrilogyNocilla Dream, Nocilla Experience, and Nocilla Lab. Greeted as a landmark in contemporary Spanish literature, the entire trilogy has not been available in English until now.

“By juxtaposing fiction with non-fiction . . . the author has created a hybrid genre that mirrors our networked lives, allowing us to inhabit its interstitial spaces. A physician as well as an artist, Fernández Mallo can spot a mermaid’s tail in a neutron monitor; estrange theorems into pure poetry.” —Andrew Gallix, The Independent

“An encyclopedia, a survey, a deranged anthropology: Nocilla Dream is just the coldhearted poetics that might see America for what it really is. There is something deeply strange and finally unknowable about this book, in the very best way.” —Ben Marcus, author of The Flame Alphabet

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“A collage of essays, interviews, quotations and fiction featuring wide cast of characters, people navigating in-between states. A tree along a lonely stretch of Navada highway, that everyone throws shoes on, in between two small towns, each with a brothel. Residents of a micronation that claim all the borders between countries. An artist-chef that cooks inedible food. Young brothers walking out of Russia through a maze of abandoned pipelines. Organized, as Mallo has said, in a network structure, rather than the tree structure of most novels, it seems to ask its reader to consume it more like a late night internet dive than a novel. The third part of the trilogy changes significantly, featuring Mallo as the main character, following the beginning and middle of his adventures writing parts one and two. While starting out seemingly normal, it devolves slowly into a sort of surreal thriller. It was a challenging read, but I enjoyed it. It definitely offers a new way of presenting a novel, or at least features new techniques.”

About Agustín Fernández Mallo

Agustín Fernández Mallo was born in La Coruña, Spain in 1967. Before devoting himself full-time to his fiction and poetry, he worked for many years as an experimental physicist. His collected poems were published in Spain in 2012. He is the author of the Nocilla Trilogy: Nocilla Dream, Nocilla Lab, Nocilla Experience, Limbo and Antibiotico.

Thomas Bunstead has translated some of the leading Spanish-language writers working today, including Yuri Herrera, Enrique Vila-Matas, and Juan Villoro, and his own writing has appeared in publications such as >kill author, The White Review, and the Times Literary Supplement.

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