Tony Nobody

“A person is born into the circus and dies in the circus, but the circus isn’t born and it never dies. The circus is infinite. The circus grabs you and doesn’t let go of you, but we don’t care, we’re happy here. People who leave don’t leave because they want to. They leave because the circus kicks them out. And people who arrive here don’t arrive because they want to. They arrive because it was in their blood and they just didn’t know it”.
Summary

The young Chilean writer Andrés Montero set his eyes on the world of the circus, its ups and downs, its daily life and characters. By focusing on the inherited family tradition pass on from generation to generation he decided to create "Tony ninguno", a novel about oral narration and the importance of the stories we listen and reproduce, but also those we keep silent about.

In a village circus, one day a child is abandoned, the son of an Arab whom nobody knew, along with two thick antique books, The Thousand and One Nights. A few years later, when the trapeze artist  of the circus breaks an arm, the boy learns the stories by heart and begins to tell them to the public in a performance never seen before. A magic act that will bring the books to life by confusing the abandoned child and the woman trapeze in their roles within the world of reality and illusion.

"I was Sherezade, nothing else. The person represented outside the circus was an interim act: it was the illusion that allowed the existence of truth. The circus was the only feasible and imaginable place. Only inside the tent there were talks of life and death. Outside, the important thing was barely to survive. People managed to survive and came to the circus to live, to live even for a couple of hours".

This novel holds the following awards: Creation Scholarship CNCA 2014, the Pedro de Oña Short Novel Award (First Place, 2015), the Clarín Novel Award (Finalist, 2014), the Roberto Bolaño Award (Special Mention, 2013) and finalist of the Gabriela Mistral Literary Games Municipal Award 2015. 

Category
Narrative
Fiction
Text
Andrés Montero
Publisher
La Pollera Ediciones
Year
2016
Language
Spanish
Translations
Italian & Danish
ISBN
9789569203336
Pages
149pp
Cover
Softcover
Size
18,5x13,3cm