The Madness

The Madness

by Narcís Oller

Translated by Douglas Suttle

Published by: Fum d'Estampa Press

128 Pages, 5.12 x 7.75 x 1.10 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781916293939
  • Published: September 2020



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Written in nine chapters separated into three blocks, Narcís Oller's The Madness is one of the first literary pieces of work to aim to truly analyze the social and genetic causes and results of mental illness. Told through the eyes of an anonymous “narrator" character, The Madness tells the story of a young revolutionary called Daniel Serrallonga and his gradual deterioration into madness and delusion. Set against the backdrop of the political crisis that ripped Spain apart in the mid to late 19th century and laid the foundations of the Spanish Civil War, The Madness is a fascinating study of mental health within both rural and urban Catalan society.

As relevant and entertaining now as it was when it was first published, this lively translation brings this fantastic piece of literature to new, modern audiences while drawing parallels with some of the 19th century's greatest English language writers such as Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy.