Juan Tallón

1378120704124JuanTallon-CastroBal-2013-06Juan Tallón (Ourense, 1975) graduated in Philosophy from the University of Santiago de Compostela. He practiced journalism, but he learned his lesson. He just writes in a magazine when he feels like it, nothing serious. Juan collaborates with: El País, Jot Down y La Lamentable. He is the author of the novels “A pregunta perfecta (o caso Aira-Bolaño)” and  “Fin de poema”, both in Galician. “El váter de Onetti” will be his third work of fiction and the first in Spanish.

He is the author of Descartemos el revolver, a very personal blog in which he talks about his crap, like he says. ‘You cant write if you don’t put your garbage out on the table. ‘No junk no biography’ he says.


Manual de fútbol. Un libro fuera de juego (Edhasa – 2014)

Manual de fútbol. Un libro fuera de juego

Synopsis: Football is something to tell. It is not only a sport, it is a story. It is ephemeral and even vulgar to think about football as something that faces eleven men against eleven men limited by time and space. Beauty can be written. There, in that chronicle that tells us what happened, that describes a sunny or a rainy day, that talks about viewers’ emotions, both sadness and happiness at the same time, there, in words, is where football becomes a legend. At that time, football is the most important event of the week. Football is not only football. Football is literature, beauty, memories, laughter and friends. There are two ways to watch a football play: as people see it and as Juan Tallón does, with and incredible ability to connect ideas and words. Juan Tallón uses a great and irrational logic to demolish every classic principle of the royal sport

El váter de Onetti (Edhasa 2013)

El váter de OnettiSynopsis: El váter de Onetti delves into the consequences of a bad but happy move to Madrid, and the influence of a bad neighbor, married with a fetén woman, the life of a writer who finally finds the perfect conditions for writing, and writes nothing instead.

And in between Onetti, gin and tonic, Javier Marias, a minister, César Aira, Vila-Matas, this, that and the other. I think it is clear enough but yet confusing.

Published in Spanish by Editorial Edhasa.

Fin de poema 

Fin de poema - Juan TallónSynopsis: Fin de poema delves into the last day of the lives of Cesare Pavese, Anne Sexton, Gabriel Ferrater and Pizarnik, weaving a fragmented and messy story about the lives of the four poets. Their existences corralled by desperation confer unity to the chaos in which the author organizes each story, until they complete a frieze of the inner phantoms of the protagonists. All of them carry something inside which they can not escape. It is a novel about suicide and death, a story about the crack of the poet who one day falls silent, finishing, no verses to claw.

Published in Galician by Editorial Sotelo Blanco and in spanish by Alrevés.

Libros peligrosos  (Editorial Larousse 2014)


Synopsis: If Alonso Quijano’s brain dried up and he roamed near an abyss of madness due to a lack of sleeping and too much reading, in similar circumstances Juan Tallón has written this book as a solace for letter-injured and enjoyment of all kind of readers.

Tallón develops a prose full of irony, attentive to details, loaded with expressive sentences and extremely clever in capturing the reader without leaving any option of flight.
He passes along classical pieces of all different epochs, genres and languages, keeping on at the reader, threading with delicacy ties between novels, diaries, tales or philosophy treatises. From Parménides to Roberto Bolaño, from Álvaro Cunqueiro to Virginia Woolf, from Max Aub to Raymond Carver, from his admired César Aíra to his non less idolatrated Enrique Vila-Matas, Quim Monzó or Juan Carlos Onetti, this book of books does neither forget Jorge Luis Borges, Natalia Ginzburg, Gabriel García Márquez, Kant, Roberto Fontanarrosa, Lolita Bosch, Franz Kafka, Clarice Lispector, Albert Camus, Mario Vargas Llosa, J.D. Salinger or Belén Gopegui, among many others.
When describing the trace of his readings, Juan Tallón opens infinite possibilities to those who get inside his book. And the readers are most grateful.
Includes a coloured album with images specially chosen by the author.

It has been said about it

Juan Tallón doesn’t only interpret what he reads. He brings together people who have written beautiful books, others that have hurt the good consciences and others who have conformed forever. (Jorge Ernesto Ayala Dip / El País)

 As soon as your dip your toe in, the stream of thought that is the mind of Juan Tallón will mercilessly drag you in. (Pedro Torrijos / Jot Down)

Juan Tallón is a funny, sentimental, and extraordinarily bold writer. Some of his books (such as Dangerous Books) contain all the books I would recommend (Juan Cruz / El País)

 One day you hear a rumour that a young promise, John Tallon, is able to race past half a dozen rivals (Sergi Pàmies / La Vanguardia)

“A tour de force that exudes knowledge and passion.”

[Milo J. Krmpotic / Qué Leer]

“It is not only Tallón’s humour and elegance in choosing passages and quotes, but also the stunning intelligence behind it all. “

[Manuel Jabois / El Mundo]

“This puré contains everything, with a taste of Vilardevós, where he wrote Dangerous books, it is yet another twist in his production of metaliterature, riddled with countless references to authors. “

[Henrique Marino / Público.es]

“… There are those who gloss over books with the cold equanimity of a forensic scientist and others, with electric fervour to their style, galvanise in the Ingolstadt laboratory. Tallón is of the latter. Dangerous books is more than a set of acute and personal reviews, it is the VIP pass to a garden of forking paths, full of men-book “.

[Alberto de Frutos / Historia de Iberia Vieja]

“Dangerous books is not only the story of how you can make love to literature in a hundred different positions, with a hundred different authors and in the light of hundred unique titles. It is the love letter, desperate and violently beautiful, that a junkie sends to his drug dealer in order to keep the flow of metaphors, adjectives, verbs “.

[Luis Pousa / La Voz de Galicia]

“Tallón reveals the more profound keys to a novel, a book of poems, a diary, an autobiography, an essay or a dense philosophical work. Sometimes he only needs to write one line to evaluate and describe a piece of work”

[Francisco Martinez Bouzas, Professor of Philosophy]

“This wonderful land of discovery is now free, away from your own shame

for not having read everything that should have been read, for here we have the ace in the hole for the first time, the joyous feeling of the discovery of literary pleasure. Thank you, Tallon. “

[Ramon Rozas / El Progreso

“I read John Tallon’s Dangerous Books, I expected an ingenious novel with perfect rhythm, but I found a non-fiction book, it was like losing my virginity. My mind was lost, without reflection, but with the right person – always the right person, because he is the person of this moment”.

[Rocío González / www.15gotas.com]



La pregunta perfecta (el caso Aira Bolaño) - Juán Tallón

fin del poema



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