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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd (1 Mar. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846276756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846276750
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,687,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Barba explores what the dynamics of an orphanage reveal about any insular community and the trials of its inevitable outcast."--Idra Novey, author of Ways to Disappear

"Andres Barba needs no advice. He has already created a world that is perfectly realized and has a craft that is inappropriate for a writer of his age."--Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

"In my opinion, Barba has become an essential writer."--Rafael Chirbes, author of On the Edge

"Andres Barba is one of several impressive writers from Spain at work on fiction that brilliantly dissects the business of being alive."--Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times

"An unsettling, tightly controlled book."--Stephen Sparks, Green Apple Books (San Francisco)

"Such Small Hands is a stick of dynamite. Nothing like having your world rearranged in two sittings."--Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore (Houston)

"I don't think I've ever read such a massively tiny book. A poignant and truly gratifying novel."--Nick Buzanski, Book Culture (New York)

"In stunning prose, Andres Barba probes the fissures that words stitch together long enough to form a scar. Love, hate, trauma--they're tightly coiled in Such Small Hands into that most universal of scars, childhood, and the results, also like childhood, are unsettling."--Brad Johnson, Diesel, A Bookstore (Oakland)

"Andres Barba's magnificent novel will haunt you, and continue to haunt you when you least expect it."--Caitlin Luce Baker, University Book Store (Seattle)




"A darkly evocative work about young girls, grief, and the unsettling, aching need to belong."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Barba explores what the dynamics of an orphanage reveal about any insular community and the trials of its inevitable outcast."--Idra Novey, author of Ways to Disappear

"Andres Barba needs no advice. He has already created a world that is perfectly realized and has a craft that is inappropriate for a writer of his age."--Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

"In my opinion, Barba has become an essential writer."--Rafael Chirbes, author of On the Edge

"Andres Barba is one of several impressive writers from Spain at work on fiction that brilliantly dissects the business of being alive."--Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times

"An unsettling, tightly controlled book."--Stephen Sparks, Green Apple Books (San Francisco)

"Such Small Hands is a stick of dynamite. Nothing like having your world rearranged in two sittings."--Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore (Houston)

"I don't think I've ever read such a massively tiny book. A poignant and truly gratifying novel."--Nick Buzanski, Book Culture (New York)

"In stunning prose, Andres Barba probes the fissures that words stitch together long enough to form a scar. Love, hate, trauma--they're tightly coiled in Such Small Hands into that most universal of scars, childhood, and the results, also like childhood, are unsettling."--Brad Johnson, Diesel, A Bookstore (Oakland)

"Andres Barba's magnificent novel will haunt you, and continue to haunt you when you least expect it."--Caitlin Luce Baker, University Book Store (Seattle)




-A darkly evocative work about young girls, grief, and the unsettling, aching need to belong.---Kirkus Reviews, starred review

-Barba explores what the dynamics of an orphanage reveal about any insular community and the trials of its inevitable outcast.---Idra Novey, author of Ways to Disappear

-Andres Barba needs no advice. He has already created a world that is perfectly realized and has a craft that is inappropriate for a writer of his age.---Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

-In my opinion, Barba has become an essential writer.---Rafael Chirbes, author of On the Edge

-Andres Barba is one of several impressive writers from Spain at work on fiction that brilliantly dissects the business of being alive.---Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times

-An unsettling, tightly controlled book.---Stephen Sparks, Green Apple Books (San Francisco)

-Such Small Hands is a stick of dynamite. Nothing like having your world rearranged in two sittings.---Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore (Houston)

-I don't think I've ever read such a massively tiny book. A poignant and truly gratifying novel.---Nick Buzanski, Book Culture (New York)

-In stunning prose, Andres Barba probes the fissures that words stitch together long enough to form a scar. Love, hate, trauma--they're tightly coiled in Such Small Hands into that most universal of scars, childhood, and the results, also like childhood, are unsettling.---Brad Johnson, Diesel, A Bookstore (Oakland)

-Andres Barba's magnificent novel will haunt you, and continue to haunt you when you least expect it.---Caitlin Luce Baker, University Book Store (Seattle)




"Barba is intensely alive to the shifting, even Janus-faced nature of strong feeling."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Such Small Hands is a magnificently chilling antidote to society's reverence for ideas of infantile innocence and purity."--Financial Times

"Each one of these pages is exquisite, and the end result is a perfectly expressed work that transmits the perverse and bizarre experience that is youth, where games signify life and death and where relationships are teased and pushed to the breaking point."--Music & Literature

"A lyrically rich and devastating portrayal of adolescent struggle."--ZYZZYVA

"A darkly evocative work about young girls, grief, and the unsettling, aching need to belong."&mdas;Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"Barba explores what the dynamics of an orphanage reveal about any insular community and the trials of its inevitable outcast."--Idra Novey, author of Ways to Disappear

"Andres Barba needs no advice. He has already created a world that is perfectly realized and has a craft that is inappropriate for a writer of his age."--Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

"In my opinion, Barba has become an essential writer."--Rafael Chirbes, author of On the Edge

"Andres Barba is one of several impressive writers from Spain at work on fiction that brilliantly dissects the business of being alive."--Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times

"An unsettling, tightly controlled book."--Stephen Sparks, Green Apple Books (San Francisco)

"Such Small Hands is a stick of dynamite. Nothing like having your world rearranged in two sittings."--Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore (Houston)

"I don't think I've ever read such a massively tiny book. A poignant and truly gratifying novel."--Nick Buzanski, Book Culture (New York)

"In stunning prose, Andres Barba probes the fissures that words stitch together long enough to form a scar. Love, hate, trauma--they're tightly coiled in Such Small Hands into that most universal of scars, childhood, and the results, also like childhood, are unsettling."--Brad Johnson, Diesel, A Bookstore (Oakland)

"Andres Barba's magnificent novel will haunt you, and continue to haunt you when you least expect it."--Caitlin Luce Baker, University Book Store (Seattle)



"Barba inhabits the minds of children with an exactitude that seems to me so uncanny as to be almost sinister."--Sarah Perry, the Guardian

"Barba is intensely alive to the shifting, even Janus-faced nature of strong feeling."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Such Small Hands is a magnificently chilling antidote to society's reverence for ideas of infantile innocence and purity."--Financial Times

"Barba's stunning and beautiful prose helps us realize that our adult incomprehension is not absolute."--Los Angeles Review of Books

"Each one of these pages is exquisite, and the end result is a perfectly expressed work that transmits the perverse and bizarre experience that is youth, where games signify life and death and where relationships are teased and pushed to the breaking point."--Music & Literature

"A lyrically rich and devastating portrayal of adolescent struggle."--ZYZZYVA

"A darkly evocative work about young girls, grief, and the unsettling, aching need to belong."&mdas;Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"Barba explores what the dynamics of an orphanage reveal about any insular community and the trials of its inevitable outcast."--Idra Novey, author of Ways to Disappear

"Andres Barba needs no advice. He has already created a world that is perfectly realized and has a craft that is inappropriate for a writer of his age."--Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

"In my opinion, Barba has become an essential writer."--Rafael Chirbes, author of On the Edge

"Andres Barba is one of several impressive writers from Spain at work on fiction that brilliantly dissects the business of being alive."--Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times

"An unsettling, tightly controlled book."--Stephen Sparks, Green Apple Books (San Francisco)

"Such Small Hands is a stick of dynamite. Nothing like having your world rearranged in two sittings."--Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore (Houston)

"I don't think I've ever read such a massively tiny book. A poignant and truly gratifying novel."--Nick Buzanski, Book Culture (New York)

"In stunning prose, Andres Barba probes the fissures that words stitch together long enough to form a scar. Love, hate, trauma--they're tightly coiled in Such Small Hands into that most universal of scars, childhood, and the results, also like childhood, are unsettling."--Brad Johnson, Diesel, A Bookstore (Oakland)

"Andres Barba's magnificent novel will haunt you, and continue to haunt you when you least expect it."--Caitlin Luce Baker, University Book Store (Seattle)

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

ANDRES BARBA is the author of twelve novels. He has worked as a teacher of Spanish to foreigners at Complutense University in Madrid and now gives writing workshops. He was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young Spanish Novelists. His writing has been translated into eight languages. LISA DILLMAN is a senior lecturer at Emory College. In 2016 she won the Best Translated Book Award for Signs Preceding the End of the World.


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