Agustín Fernández Mallo

By February 1, 2017 Talks, Upcoming Talk




Friction Talks are proud to host an evening with one of Spain’s most exciting contemporary novelists, Agustín Fernández Mallo, at Silvie on 7 March 2017.


Mallo was born in La Coruña in 1967. A qualified physicist, he has written widely on the connections between art and science. His three novels, known collectively as the Nocilla Trilogy — (Nocilla is a Spanish chocolate and hazelnut spread, similar to Nutella)— were published between 2006 and 2009, leading to the emergence of the so-called ‘Nocilla generation’ of Spanish writers.

The first two novels in the trilogy to appear in English— Nocilla Dream and Nocilla Experience, both published by Fitzcarraldo Editions— have had a similarly electrifying effect on British audiences. Weaving together the disparate stories of characters who vanish and reappear with found fragments of everything from interviews with rock musicians, films and physics lectures, their multi-media sources somehow capture the weightless condition of contemporary life.

Agustín Fernández Mallo will be in conversation with Oxford-based writer James Attlee and the translator of his fiction into English, Thomas Bunstead.

The talk will be at 7.00pm and is free.

Praise for Nocilla Experience
‘The best novel I read in 2016. Thrillingly, incandescently brilliant.’
— Stuart Evers, author of If This is Home
‘Like having multiple browser windows open, and compulsively tabbing between them.’
— Chris Power, Guardian

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