By Fernando Royuela
"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 means, the depressing fact of his lonely formative years, his macabre studies as a circus clown, and his liaisons dangereuses in Madrid's underworld. Mischief, hope, dying, ambition, revenge—the lifetime of a rascal instructed in exuberant, exhilarating language. Winner of the Premio Ojo Crítico.
Fernando Royuela is a Spanish attorney and fiction author who lives in Madrid, Spain.
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Everything—absolutely everything— that happened in the facility was closely monitored at an off-site command center. There was no need to send reports. The Brass watched it all in real time. “We’re getting dinged a lot today,” she said. ” Marple laughed. “They’re not restless,” he said. “They’re not anything. ” Marple knew she was right. Often entire shifts passed without movement. The four incidents they’d logged so far were noteworthy. Especially since they’d all occurred in the last two hours.
Almost before she got the words out, something shambled out of the darkness. The thing was naked, but it was impossible to tell its sex. Its desiccated skin was drawn tightly over its skeleton. Its hair was gone, its eyes had shrunk into their sockets, and its lips were drawn back over its teeth in a permanent grin. Yet it walked. “That’s twenty feet down the hall,” Kaplan said. ” “No,” Marple said. “Something’s opening every computer-controlled door in the place. We step out there and we’re dead.
Coming,” called a voice from inside. The door opened once more, and a grossly overweight young man climbed out. ” He also reeked of putrescence and was spattered with vile black goo. “Meet Gary Severin, my pet Horta,” Matt said. ” But he played dumb, forcing Matt to spend more than a minute explaining the concept. “I call Gary a Horta because he’s large and lumpy, too,” Matt concluded, just in case the comparison wasn’t clear. “I also suffer from acid reflux,” Gary said forlornly. Jim frowned.
A Bad End by Fernando Royuela