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Book Information: Skating Rink, the

Skating Rink, the (1993) [Novel]
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Set in the seaside town of Z, on the Costa Brava, north of Barcelona, The Skating Rink oscillates between two poles: a camp ground and a ruined mansion, the Palacio Benvingut. The story, told by three male narrators, revolves around a beautiful figure skating champion, Nuria Martí. When she is suddenly dropped from the Olympic team, a pompous but besotted civil servant secretly builds a skating rink in the ruined Palacio Benvingut, using public funds. But Nuria has affairs, provokes jealousy, and the skating rink becomes a crime scene. A mysterious pair of women, an ex-opera singer and a taciturn girl often armed with a knife, turn up as well.

A complex book, The Skating Rink’s short chapters are skillfully broken off with questions to maintain the narrative tension: Who was murdered? Who was the murderer? Will the murderer be caught? All of these questions are answered, and yet The Skating Rink is not fundamentally a crime novel, or not exclusively; it’s also about political corruption, sex, the experience of immigration, and frustrated passion. And it’s an atmospheric chronicle of one summer season in a seaside town, with its vacationers, its drifters, its businessmen, bureaucrats and social workers.

Original title: La pista de hielo
Original languages: Spanish

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Genre: FictionCrime and MysterySuspense
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: The Skating Rink

The Skating Rink (2009)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Christopher Andrews
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The Skating Rink (August 28, 2009)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: New Directions
ISBN: 0811217132
Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.1 x 0.9 in
Pages: 208

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