In 1837, at the height of the Carlist wars, a young Prussian man named Rudolf von Wielemann heads South to fight for the "Order." Finding himself left behind in the ruins of an abandoned city destroyed by war, he tentatively navigates his new surroundings in which his sense of self begins to distort and transform. A novel on place and (un)belonging, The Others masterfully intertwines humor and tragedy to explore Wielemann's encounters with eccentric and enigmatic characters, and his unfamiliar surroundings. Garrigasait's precise and intricately constructed prose, interspersed by beautifully lyrical passages on music and nature, invites readers to delve into reflections on family, politics, and place.
“This really is an excellent book as Garrigasait tells a very clever story, uses ribald humour to portray the military and the Catalans, mocks the Prussians and raises some serious issues, while delving into the history of his own region. Translator Tiago Miller clearly had some fun, trying to convey the Leida dialect of Catalan into colloquial English, as he tells us in the afterword.” —The Modern Novel
“The Others forces us to leave our comfort zone, and to steer away from indifference, banality, and conformity. A magnificent book!”—Sam Abrams, El Mundo
“This fantastic book provides us with a reflection of our modern-day selves. The echoes with the present are so intense that it leaves you breathless after every phrase. The Others has the courage to force us to ask ourselves: ‘What skeletons lurk in our cupboards?’”—Toni Sala, Ara