(National Book Award Nominee) "The moment one learns English, complications set in." Written in the 1940s but left unpublished until 1990, this National Book Award–nominated novel by the author of Locos is the story of the "Americaniards"—immigrants from Spain not yet assimilated into the confusing, unfriendly world of New York City. Chief among them is the writer Garcia, who falls prey to hypochondria as he loiters in cafes and plugs away at his hopelessly corny novel.
"Readers have compared [Felipe] Alfau not only with Nabokov and Calvino but with García Márquez and Borges … an ingenious author."—New Yorker