Four pairs of stories―four “double rooms”―sit side by side in the latest work of fiction by one of Spain’s most compelling writers. A publisher wonders about the voices that haunt her; a scriptwriter receives an unexpected gift; a dinner party is shaken by a mysterious guest; a father seeks to atone for his son’s crimes. Ranging from Madrid to Milwaukee, and from prose fiction to drama to essay, the chapters of this “narrative installation” echo one another, revealing a carefully layered composition of humor and foreboding. Double Room is a subtle meditation on the bonds between parents and children, the burdens of illness and grief, and the places we make our home.
“Luis Magrinyà is renowned as a highly idiosyncratic observer of Spain’s social strata.” –Times Literary Supplement
“A delicate and amazing book.” –El Mundo
Born in Palma de Mallorca in 1960, Luis Magrinyà is the author of five works of fiction, including Intrusos y huéspedes (2005), and the Herralde Prize-winning Los dos Luises (2000), as well as one book of usage and style, Estilo rico, estilo pobre (2015). He edits a world classics series at Alba Editorial, has worked as a lexicographer, and has translated Jane Austen, Henry James, and C.S. Lewis. In 2011 Double Room won the Otras Voces, Otros Ámbitos Prize and the City of Barcelona Prize. He lives in Madrid.