Translated from Catalan by Mara Faye Lethem
An instant bestseller in nine languages, Confessions is an astonishing story of one man’s life, interwoven with a narrative that stretches across centuries to create an addictive and unforgettable literary symphony. At 60, Adriá Ardévol re-examines his life before his memory is systematically deleted. He recalls a loveless childhood where the family antique business and his father’s study become the centre of his world; where a treasured Storioni violin retains the shadows of a crime committed many years earlier. His mother, a cold, distant and pragmatic woman leaves him to his solitary games, full of unwanted questions. An accident ends the life of his enigmatic father, filling Adriá’s world with guilt, secrets and deeply troubling mysteries that take him years to uncover. Ambitious, powerful and deeply moving, with an overwhelming theme of guilt and redemption, Confessions is a consummate masterpiece in any language, with an ending that will not just leave you thinking, but probably change the way you think forever.
Confessions is the winner of 10 awards including the Premio de la Critica and the Premi de la Criticia Serra d’Or. A No. 1 bestseller in 9 languages, Confessions is a majestic, page-turning, captivating masterpiece that examines the chronic violence that has defined humanity over centuries.
Hitting the jackpot with Confessions, Cabré’s is a story of European history from the Inquisition to Auschwitz
Its complexity turns Confessions into a piece of writing that has the power to influence our view of the world – a quality belonging to the best of literature.