All is Silence
Author: Manuel Rivas
Translator: Jonathan Dunne
Original language: Galician
Published by: Harvill Secker, 2013
Fins and Brinco are best friends, and they both adore the wild and beautiful Leda. The three young friends spend their days exploring the dunes and picking through the treasures that the sea washes on to the shores of Galicia. One day, as they are playing in the abandoned school on the edge of the village, they come across treasure of another kind: a huge cache of whisky hidden under a sheet. But before they can exploit their discovery a shot rings out, and a man wearing an impeccable white suit and panama hat enters the room. That day they learn the most important lesson of all, that the mouth is for keeping quiet.
'A haunting, wonderfully poetic novel'
'Rivas magically immerses us in the labyrinth of saudade, illuminating paths that show us the way to paradise lost.'