The two novels included in this volume, the first by Javier Tomeo to appear in English, recall The Trial and The Castle by Kafka, but they are Iberian, wry and sunny despite their sinister undertones. The Coded Letter was welcomed by Spanish critics as 'that rare thing: a Spanish novel which has serious intent but is at the same time comic'. A messenger is sent with a letter to the Castle, a place of sinister mystery and of history. The history is closed to the people of the little town nearby, the dark power may ...

The Coded Letter and Dear Monster 1991, Carcanet Press

ISBN-13: 9780856357923