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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 lifestyles, who tells us, in a sour and sarcastic approach, the depressing truth of his lonely early life, his macabre reviews as a circus clown, and his liaisons dangereuses in Madrid's underworld. Mischief, wish, loss of life, ambition, revenge—the lifetime of a rascal informed 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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Boswell Life of Johnson 48 a l i f e c h o i c e In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. Benjamin F ranklin Franklin letter to Jean-Baptiste Le Roy 49 a p a t h y Cheer up, the worst is yet to come. Philander Johnson Shooting Stars 50 a l i f e c h o i c e Thank heaven the sun has gone in, and I don’t have to go out and enjoy it. Logan P earsall Smith Pearsall 51 a p a t h y Call no man happy until he dies, he is at best fortunate. Plutarch Solon 52 a l i f e c h o i c e It is unfortunate, considering enthusiasm moves the world, that so few enthusiasts can be trusted to speak the truth.

Pliny the Y ounger Younger 33 a p a t h y Better to idle well than work badly. Spanish proverb 34 a l i f e c h o i c e Serious matters can wait until tomorrow. Cornelius Nepos Pelopidas 35 a p a t h y To do nothing is in every man’s power. Samuel Johnson The Rambler 36 a l i f e c h o i c e Procrastination – the art of keeping up with yesterday. Don Marquis 37 a p a t h y Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow just as well. Mark T wain Twain The Late Benjamin Franklin 38 a l i f e c h o i c e Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do.

Benjamin F ranklin Franklin letter to Jean-Baptiste Le Roy 49 a p a t h y Cheer up, the worst is yet to come. Philander Johnson Shooting Stars 50 a l i f e c h o i c e Thank heaven the sun has gone in, and I don’t have to go out and enjoy it. Logan P earsall Smith Pearsall 51 a p a t h y Call no man happy until he dies, he is at best fortunate. Plutarch Solon 52 a l i f e c h o i c e It is unfortunate, considering enthusiasm moves the world, that so few enthusiasts can be trusted to speak the truth.

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