Pilar Fraile (Salamanca, 1975) is considered by the critics as one of the most disturbing voices of Spanish literary scene. Her works deal with the problematic relationship between past and present values and the relationship between the self and the community. She teaches philosophy at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and is a doctor in comparative literature. Her publications include the novel Las ventajas de la vida en el campo (Caballo de Troya-Penguin Random House, 2018) and the short stories collection Los nuevos pobladores (Ediciones Traspiés, 2014). Her work has been translated into Norwegian, Portuguese and English, and excerpts have being published in many journals like Asymptote, The Drunken Boat, Circumference, The Paris Review, The Chicago Review and Conjuctions. Her new novel is Días de euforia (Euphoria Days) www.pilar.fraile.amador.com
Días de euforia (Euphoria Days)
Alianza Literaria, October 2020 / 224 pages
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Alianza Editorial (World Spanish)
What if one night you start to have an inexplicable recurring dream that obsesses you to the point that does not led you work neither continue with your everyday life? What would you do if your husband – a serious and responsible executive – becomes addicted to a porn website with minors? Or if you discover that the company you work for and whose values you share is based on a monumental lie?
The successful and apparently fortunate lives of Euphoria Days‘ protagonists – a big data analyst, a broker, an assisted reproductive expert and a key account manager – become unstable when diverse events begin to go beyond the script they had imagined as their future.
Their crumbled lives will converge as they try new options to diminish their problems: Therapy sessions with a shady coach, drugs and alcohol addiction, being friend of an AI, the devotion for a clandestine research or a desperate race for getting pregnant, anything will be good to get through the labyrinth.
Euphoria Days is a critical novel about the morals of forthcoming capitalism and its paradoxes, written with the same clipped and violent rhythm of current way of life.
“It is difficult to describe our current times of disillusionment without being cynical, and Pilar Fraile has achieved it.” Issac Rosa
“A bold novel, unpredictable in these times of so much artificial mush. A disturbing story that seems to herald a strange future of radical changes in affections and human relations.” Constantino Bértolo
“Pilar Fraile knows too well the motivations that control the behavior of people around us. That’s why we should be a little scared of her. Such fear that inevitably brings us closer to read her writing, so disturbing like a Yorgos Lanthimos film.” Mercedes Cebrián
“The relevance of Euphoria Days in these times of radical uncertainty is only comparable to its ability to delve into one of the darkest affairs of the contemporary world: How our fantasies, our desires have become the most finished and sinister form of merchandise. Pilar has written a magnificent dystopia where the calculation of artificial happiness has colonized even the erotic dimensions of bodies. Can we escape? Will we find a way to escape from this new tyranny?” Juan Cárdenas
Las ventajas de vivir en el campo (Advantages of Living in the Countryside)
Caballo de Troya, 2018 / 304 pages
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Caballo de Troya (World Spanish)
“What is surprising is her narrative skill: The ability to synthesize and keep tension.” Letras Libres magazine
“A fineness to detect the fears and desires of a whole society.” Mercedes Cebrián