A road along the Portuguese border, June 1977. Juan and Rosa, little more than adolescents, have an appointment in a clandestine abortion clinic, but an accident keeps them from reaching their destination. Almost twenty years later, Rosa and her son Iván begin what will be their life’s project, the restoration of a campground on the Costa Dorada on the other end of the peninsula. Since Iván was born, they have lived in different places, always tentatively, always alone, fleeing from a past that will soon catch up with them.
Season's End is a novel about the sometimes venomous strength of blood ties, about family secrets that condemn every generation to repeat the same errors, and about how knowledge transforms us into other people.
Ignacio Martínez de Pisón creates memorable characters here in an extraordinary tale of mother and son that extends across nearly a quarter of a century, revealing to us how things unresolved in the past can trap us despite, or even because of, our attempts to ignore them.
«Pisón tells the story with true page-turning verve.» Amanda Hopkinson, The Independent
«A masterful writer and journalist, Pisón immerses himself in the recent history of Spain. His narrative gifts make him the ideal chronicler of Spain’s recent history.» Ger Groot, NRC
Ignacio Martínez de Pisón (Zaragoza, 1960) is a best-selling literary author and a pivotal figure in the Spanish literary scene. He has published over a dozen titles, including novels, short-stories and a major book of narrative non-fiction (Enterrar a los muertos, Seix Barral, 2005 – International Rodolfo Walsh Prize and Dulce Chacón Award). Among his novels one should mention Carreteras secundarias (Anagrama, 1996 – Seix Barral, 2011) that has two film adaptations, a Spanish and a French one, María bonita (Anagrama, 2000 – Seix Barral, 2012), El tiempo de las mujeres (Anagrama, 2003- Seix Barral, 2012), El día de mañana (Seix Barral, 2011 – National Critics Prize, Espartaco Award, Ciutat de Barcelona Award), La buena reputación (Seix Barral, 2014 - Spanish National Book Award 2015) and Derecho natural (Seix Barral, 2017).
After the narrative non-fiction Filek, el estafador que engañó a Franco (Seix Barral, 2018), his latest work is the highly anticipated novel Final de temporada (Seix Barral, 2020), published in September 2020.