A Bad End by Fernando Royuela

By Fernando Royuela

"The burlesque echoes the best Spanish classics, from Quevedo to Camilo José Cela."—M. García Posada, El País

A undesirable finish is the tale of Goyito, a dwarf on the finish of his existence, who tells us, in a sour and sarcastic method, the depressing fact of his lonely youth, his macabre studies as a circus clown, and his liaisons dangereuses in Madrid's underworld. Mischief, hope, demise, ambition, revenge—the lifetime of a rascal advised in exuberant, exhilarating language. Winner of the Premio Ojo Crítico.

Fernando Royuela is a Spanish attorney and fiction author who lives in Madrid, Spain.

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The Haggleworth clan found out I was diddling their sister and I was jumped and roped and dragged behind Jenny’s car as she drove through the streets of Haggleworth. These were lawless days when men took it upon themselves to impose justice. Jazz great Erroll Garner was in town doing a two-week stint at Pinky’s Inferno. He saw me being dragged through town and went off to get my brothers. I guess their hatred for the Haggleworths was greater than their hated for me, because pretty quickly all eight of the Burgundy boys were in town.

Ron About six miles. Ron Do you want to discuss life some more while we walk? Ron No, let’s shut it down until after we eat. Night after night like a ghost I walked the streets of San Diego holding conversations with only myself. Sometimes the conversations were trivial, like the time I got into an argument over which dog breed, Labrador or collie, was better at learning tricks, but sometimes they reached a sublime level of deep thinking, like this conversation I recorded while sitting on a transit bus.

It’s the naysayers who get me. I like surprising people. I always have. I think everyone in the world took it for granted that I would not have the balls to write this book. I’ve got the balls, big hairy misshapen balls in a wrinkly sack. This book is a testament to my giant balls. If you want some feel-good story about how to live your life, then go look elsewhere. This book is a hard-hitting, no-holds-barred, unafraid account of my exceptional life with some words of wisdom thrown in for good measure.

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