Project Description

Nocilla ProjectAgustín Fernández Mallo

Spain

Agustín Fernández Mallo was born in La Coruña in 1967. He is a qualified physicist and since 2000 has been collaborating with various cultural publications in order to highlight the connection between art and science. His NOCILLA TRILOGY brought about an important shift in contemporary Spanish writing and paved the way for the birth of a new generation of authors, known as the ‘Nocilla Generation’.

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Limbo

In his new novel Limbo, Fernández Mallo takes the reader on a fascinating road trip. Looking for the enigmatic “Sound of the End”, a Spanish man and his Mexican girlfriend, a former kidnap victim, cross the United States from east to west coast. Meanwhile, two musicians have the chance of theirs lives to record a CD. But the producer’s house in Brittany seems to hide a terrible secret. Creating an exciting and poetic atmosphere, Fernández Mallo connects his characters as if they were in a net, taking his readers to a place in limbo where it is hard to tell the present from the past, one place from the other, life from death. But it isn’t mystery that grips us, but something far more disturbing: reality.

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Limbo

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Nocilla Dream

When Nocilla Dream, the first part of a trilogy that can be read separately, erupted energetically onto the Spanish literary scene, it attracted enormous interest for both critics and the general public alike. It is considered an ‘alternative’ or post-modern novel, with a lopsided narrative that neither begins, nor ends. This isn’t literature as we have hardly ever seen it before, but rather a sort of elaborate collage of extracts.

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Nocilla Dream

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Nocilla Experience

In Nocilla Experience, the second part of the trilogy, multiple voices are distributed throughout the 112 fragments that make up the novel, from Rossellini’s Voyage in Italy or Woody Allen’s Annie Hall to scientific theories by Newton and Einstein. Distinct excerpts interweave and begin to form a patchwork of coincidences and complementary snippets of information that expose the solitude of the protagonists. Absolutely anything can be narrative material; anything other than boredom.

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Nocilla Experience

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Nocilla Lab

The first part of Nocilla Lab tells the story of the birth of the trilogy through an internal monologue that develops into a stream of consciousness from the protagonist. After being knocked down by a motorbike during a trip in Thailand, Agustín Fernández Mallo was left bedridden for four weeks and had the opportunity to divulge his experiences in this tripartite account. Seven years later, when he travels with his girlfriend to Cerdena, they come across an old penitentiary that has been converted into an agri-tourism site. A memory of reading Paul Auster’s The Music of Chance in Portuguese and a ‘No entry’ sign bring the first part of the story to a close. In the second part, the author’s voice disappears and gives way to a fragmented account that is accompanied by a succession of drawings, sketches and quotes about some of the characters inside the penitentiary. The third part of the book is a succession of post poetic flashes and varied etymologies – both ironic and distant – aside tributes to García Márquez, Wittgenstein, and Duras. The language adopts almost the tone of a comic and finishes with an encounter between Enrique Vila-Matas and the author on an oil rig.

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Nocilla Lab

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I Always Return to the Nipples and to Proposition 7 of the Tractatus

I Always Return to the Nipples and to Proposition 7 of the Tractatus (“Yo siempre regreso a los pezones y al punto 7 del Tractatus”) is an intelligent and enjoyable soliloquy on the subjects of this world, starting from the loss of love and spanning all the way to language and its limits, which are perhaps also the limits of our own experience.

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NOVELS
Trilogía de la guerra
Barcelona: Seix Barral 2018, 496 p.
Biblioteca Breve Prize
UK: Fitzcarraldo

Limbo
Madrid/Buenos Aires/Mexico City: Alfaguara 2014, 224 p.
English and German sample translation available

I Always Return to the Nipples and to Proposition 7 of the Tractatus
(“Yo siempre regreso a los pezones y al punto 7 del Tractatus”)
Madrid: Edición personal 2001, Alfaguara 2012, 64 p.

Nocilla Project (“Proyecto Nocilla”)
(consisting of Nocilla Dream, Nocilla Experience and Nocilla Lab)
Madrid: Alfaguara 2013, 576 p.
The Netherlands: Koppernik · USA: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2019

Nocilla Lab
Madrid: Alfaguara 2009, 184 p.
Sweden: Nirstedt Literatur · Turkey: Harfa · UK: Fitzcarraldo 2019 · USA: see “Proyecto Nocilla”

Nocilla Experience
Madrid: Alfaguara 2008, 208 p.
Selected as Book of the Year by the Spanish television program Miradas 2; Awarded the Pop-Eye prize in 2009
Brazil: Companhia das Letras 2013 · France: Editions Allia 2014 · Sweden: Nirstedt Literatur · Turkey: Harfa · UK: Fitzcarraldo 2016 · USA: see “Proyecto Nocilla”

Adapted as a graphic novel by Pere Joan:
Nocilla Experience. La novela gráfica
Madrid: Alfaguara 2011, 191 p.

Nocilla Dream
Badalona: Candaya 2006, 226 p.
German sample translation available
One of the ten best Spanish novels 2006, chosen by El Mundo; voted Best Novel of the Year by Quimera
Brazil: Companhia das Letras 2013 · France: Editions Allia 2012 · Italy: Neri Pozza 2007 · Slovenia: Cankarjeva Zalozba-Zaloznistvo · Sweden: Nirstedt Literatur 2020 · Turkey: Harfa · UK: Fitzcarraldo 2015 · USA: see “Proyecto Nocilla”

NON-FICTION
Teoría general de la basura . Cultura, apropiación, complejidad
Barcelona: Galaxia Gutenberg 2018, 458 p.

Postpoesía, hacia un nuevo paradigma
Madrid: Anagrama 2009 pb, 194 p.
Premio Anagrama de Ensayo

POETRY
Ya nadie se llamará como yo + Poesía reunida (1998-2012)
Barcelona: Seix Barral 2015, 616 p.

Antibiótico, 2006
Madrid: Visor 2012, 100 p.

Creta lateral travelling
Palma de Mallorca: Sloper 2008, 138p.
First prize Café Món

Pixel Meat (“Carne de pixel”)
Barcelona: DVD 2008, 67 p.
Ciudad de Burgos Poetry Award 2007

Joan Fontaine Odisea [mi deconstrucción]
(poemario-performance)
Barcelona: La Poesía Señor Hidalgo 2005, 137 p.