By David Trueba
It truly is Sylvia’s 16th birthday, and her existence as an grownup is set to begin—not with the occasion she have been making plans, yet with a automobile coincidence and a damaged leg. in the back of the wheel is a skilled younger football participant, simply arrived from Buenos Aires and set for stardom off and on the sector. As their destinies collide and a tender romance is decided in movement, throughout city, Sylvia’s father and grandfather are discovering their very own lives abruptly derailed through a violent homicide and a mystery affair with a prostitute.
Set opposed to the maze of Madrid’s congested and contested streets, Learning to Lose follows those 4 contributors as they swerve off beam in unforeseen instructions. each one of them is dodging guilt and the terror of failure, yet their shared look for happiness, love, purity, redemption, and, specially, how to live on, kinds a taut narrative net that binds the characters jointly.
From one in all Spain’s so much celebrated modern writers, Learning to Lose is a lucid and gripping view into the complexities of lives overturned and into the capriciousness of recent existence, with its intoxicating highs and devastating lows.
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No, no, how stupid of me. Dani hesitates before entering, how embarrassing, me here by myself. Well, we can celebrate it just you and me. It’s not like we need a lot of people to have a party, right? Sylvia leads him to her room where the music is still playing. She closes the door behind her. My father went to the soccer game. Sylvia opens the smaller package. It is a Pulp CD, with an almost plastic blonde on the cover, naked and upside down on velvet as red as her painted lips. A reduced price sticker.
Sylvia adjusts her backpack on her shoulder. Are you gonna come? Dani nods. Sixteen, right? he adds. Yup, sixteen. An old lady. Sylvia’s hair floats up over her shoulders as she walks. She is wearing it down and as she steps off the curb it rises weightlessly and then drifts back to its original position. Dani heads toward the metro. As they say good-bye, she’s about to tell him the truth. There is no party. It’s all just a stupid tactic to get him alone. But she just answers his ciao with an identical one of her own.
My father went to the soccer game. Sylvia opens the smaller package. It is a Pulp CD, with an almost plastic blonde on the cover, naked and upside down on velvet as red as her painted lips. A reduced price sticker. She can’t manage to open the plastic wrapping, absorbed in her effort as she notices her face reddening. Someone calculated that on average each person wastes two weeks of their life just getting the fucking plastic off CDs, says Dani. While he talks, he unwraps the second present, a bottle of Cuervo tequila.