A bestselling Spanish novel exploring the depths of grief, translated into English for the first time.
Milena Busquets was born in Barcelona and obtained a degree in Archaeology from University College London. Milena is currently working as a journalist and translator. Previously, she worked for many years at Editorial Lumen, the publishing house that her family had set up in the early 1960s and so it is no surprise that she has now turned her attention to her own writing with her debut novel, This Too Shall Pass.
Confused and shaken by the unexpected death of her mother, Blanca suddenly becomes aware that she has no idea what her own future will look like. With the support of her closest friends and family, she decides to leave Barcelona behind her and return to the coast, accompanied by her loved ones. Spending the summer in a place of pure beauty, Blanca finally attempts to discover what it means to be truly happy.
The book’s translator, Valerie Miles, is an American writer, editor and translator who lives in Barcelona. In 2003, she co-founded Granta en español, which is now a project under the independent publishing house Galaxia Gutenberg. She writes and reviews for the New York Times, The Paris Review, La Nación, La Vanguardia and el ABC, among others. She translates from the Spanish and Catalán and is a professor in the postgraduate programme for literary translation at Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
This Too Shall Pass is a dazzling debut novel which explores grief, parenthood, love and friendship in a freshly honest and humorous way. Taking the world by storm, the novel is now being sold in more than 30 countries across the globe.
- Festival dates:
- 11-27 August 2018
- Programme launch:
- 7 June 2018