Awarded with the most prestigious awards, The Towpath has been unanimously considered as one of the best novels of Catalan literature of recent decades. With a brilliant narrative style where reality and myth converge, the author evokes the disappearance of Mequinensa, a town next to the rivers Ebro and Segre, once the center of an important mining region with an intensive river traffic, but now doomed to be submerged by the waters of a dam. Through the experiences of
an endless number of characters whose memories are intertwined, the author recalls the last century of the city’s population.
“Moncada blends the real and the fantastic in the manner of Gabriel García Márquez, and his episodic style may remind some readers of the Colombian novelist’s treatment of events in the town of Macondo in One Hundred Years of Solitude. Such a comparison is not mere reviewers’ hyperbole: this is a rich, humorous and moving novel, sensitively translated into English, which should herald a glittering future for its author.”
EUAN CAMERON: “RICH VIEW FROM THE BANKS OF THE EBRO”, REVIEW OF THE TOWPATH (HARVILL), THE EUROPEAN
Dom Quixote (Portugal)