Ordesa

December 7, 2020
Ordesa

It seemed to me the state of my soul was a blurrymemory of something that had occurred in a place in northern Spaincalled Ordesa, a place full of mountains.The #1 international bestselling phenomenon—a profoundand riveting story of love, loss, and memory.A man at a crossroads in the middle of his life considers theplace where he's from, and where his parents have recently died. Inthe face of enormous personal tumult, he sits down to write. Whatfollows is an audacious chronicle of his childhood and an unsparingaccount of his life's trials, failures, and triumphs that becomes amoving look at what family gives and takes away.With the intimacy of a diarist, he reckons with the ghosts ofhis parents and the current specters of his divorce, his children,his career, and his addictions. In unswervingly honest prose, Vilasexplores his identity after great loss—what is a person without amarriage or without parents? What is a person when faced withmemories alone? Already an acclaimed poet and novelist in Spain,Vilas takes his work to a whole new level with thisautobiographical novel; critics have called it "a work of art ableto cauterize pain."Elegiac and searching, Ordesa is a meditation on lossand a powerful exploration of a person who is both extraordinaryand utterly ordinary—at once singular and representing us all—whotransforms a time of crisis into something beautiful andredemptive.