Spanish: Arrugas

Set exclusively in a care home for the elderly, Arrugas (Wrinkles) follows Emilio, as he enters the home when he is in the early stages of dementia.

Set exclusively in a care home for the elderly, Arrugas (Wrinkles) follows Emilio, as he enters the home when he is in the early stages of dementia (although he does not discover this until later on in the book). He instantly befriends his roommate, Miguel, a cheery and anarchic man who is still in reasonable health, has no family ties and is keen to exercise his freedom as much as he still can. Emilio is unimpressed by the activities on offer, horrified by the first floor, where patients who can no longer take care of themselves go, and relieved by Miguel’s company, despite his openly rude and immoral attitudes towards his fellow ‘inmates’. When he discovers the truth of his condition, Emilio is more determined than ever to fight his inevitable decline. Aided by Miguel, he tries to fool the nurses by writing things on his hands and clothes to conceal his memory loss, and even embarks on a hilarious joyride that goes horrible wrong. But he can’t escape his fate. A witty and poignant look at a tragic and highly relevant subject.

Paco Roca, born in Valencia in 1969, is a prize-winning illustrator, author and designer. He has authored many books, some of which, including Arrugas, have been translated into English. Arrugas has also been made into a film, released in English as Wrinkles.


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Rahul Bery

Rahul Bery translates from Portuguese and Spanish to English, and is based in Cardiff, Wales. His latest book translation is Kokoschka’s Doll by Afonso Cruz, and his debut translation, Rolling Fields by David Trueba, has recently been nominated for the 2021 Translators’ Association First Translation Prize. He was the British Library’s translator in residence from 2018-2019 and he does outreach work with the Stephen Spender Trust and the Translation Exchange at Queen’s College, Oxford University.