2012 Crime Fiction Alphabet Z is for Zanon, Carlos Zanon


Led by the expert hand of Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise, the 2012 Crime Fiction Alphabet arrives this week to the letter “z” thus ending its journey throughout the cyberspace. Thanks to Kerrie for her idea, to other fellow participants for their contributions and to the readers, regular or occasional, for their visits. I’m sure we will all find some interesting suggestions that may fit our preferences.

My Z is for Carlos Zanón. This choice may seem strange. The only book by Carlos Zanón that I have read was not exactly my cup of tea, but my interest this year has been to spread the word on a number of, mainly, Spanish authors that may otherwise go unnoticed. Besides the fact is that Carlos Zanón is an excellent writer, despite my personal taste.

Carlos Zanón is the author of four volumes of poetry and three novels, which have received wide critical acclaim in Spain. The Barcelona Brothers, originally titled Tarde, mal y nunca, is his first novel to be published in English. A literary critic and screenwriter, he has also collaborated as a lyricist for rock bands. He lives in Barcelona.

Translated by John Cullen, The Barcelona Brothers is set in Barcelona’s savage underbelly.

Epi Dalmau is a desperate man. Early one morning, he carries a duffle bag into a dingy bar in a rough neighbourhood of Barcelona. Four other people are in the bar: his brother Alex, his good friend Tanveer, the bartender, and a Pakistani man who wandered in to use the restroom. Epi grabs a hammer out of his duffle bag and attacks Tanveer. After a brief struggle and a couple of blows, Tanveer lies dead on the floor and Epi flees the bar.
Alex and the bartender plan to find and protect Epi, while blaming the murder on the unfortunate Pakistani man, who was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Meanwhile, Epi is hunting for Tiffany, the woman of his dreams and the reason behind the murder. What he’ll do when he finds her, and what drove him to brutal violence are the subjects of Carlos Zanón’s gritty, unflinching novel, set in a city tourists never see.
The Barcelona Brothers is a hard look at what people are capable of when they have no other options, and a portrait of a modern, multicultural Barcelona.
(Other Press)

The 2012 Crime Fiction Alphabet is a Community Meme hosted by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise. By Friday of each week participants try to write a blog post about crime fiction related to the letter of the week. Click HERE to visit other suggestions from fellow participants.

3 thoughts on “2012 Crime Fiction Alphabet Z is for Zanon, Carlos Zanon”

  1. José Ignacio – Well-done on completing this meme! And I’ve truly enjoyed your focus on Spanish authors who deserve wider readership. I’ve found it really interesting. I’m not sure that The Barcelona Brothers would be my cup of tea either, but everyone has a different taste and I would love to see some of Zanon’s poetry. I’d forgotten he’s a poet, too.

  2. See, that’s why I am not participating in this challenge, as I seem to be rubbish at associating what I have read with the right letter of the alphabet. I read and reviewed Zanon (perhaps not my natural reading choice, but I did find it very well-written, despite reading it in translation). And I knew about Signorina Elettra, simply not her surname. Dear me! Perhaps I should give up pretending to be well read in crime fiction right now.
    Well done on completing this meme – I’ve greatly enjoyed your contribution and that of the others! Lots of new authors for me to try out.

  3. Great to have completed the alphabet José Ignacio – will you perhaps compile a list of your favourite Spanish authors for the end of the year? I am hoping to read a lot more of these in 2013 in either English or Italian and will be plundering your reviews for suggestions.

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