Nocilla Dream by Agustín Fernández Mallo — Thomas McMullan



We face shelves stacked head to toe with uniformly red glass jars of Nocilla – a Spanish version of Nutella. The aisle is brightly lit from above. A couple, dressed very much like tourists, enter into view pushing a supermarket trolley…



Agustín Fernández Mallo was born in La Coruña in 1967. He is a qualified physicist and since 2000 has been collaborating with various cultural publications in order to highlight the connection between art and science. His Nocilla Trilogy, published between 2006 and 2009, brought about an important shift in contemporary Spanish writing and paved the way for the birth of a new generation of authors, known as the ‘Nocilla Generation’. He has also published a book of stories, El hacedor (de Borges), remake, and the essay Postpoesía, hacia un nuevo paradigma. His poetry is collected in the volume Yanadie se llamará como yo + Poesía reunida (1998-2012) and his latest novel, Limbo, was published in Spain in 2014.

Thomas Bunstead (translation) writes for the Times Literary Supplement, the Paris Review Daily, and the Independent on Sunday. His short stories have been published in >kill author, Days of Roses, and Text’s Bones. He has translated Enrique Vila-Matas, Aixa de la Cruz, Eduardo Halfon, Yuri Herrera, and Rodrigo Fresán.

Thomas McMullan is a London-based writer. He has been published by Lighthouse, 3:AM Magazine, The Stockholm Review, The Literateur and Cadaverine Magazine, and has previously written both fiction and a book review in minor literature[s]. He contributes to The Guardian and is currently seeking representation. @thomas_mac

Image: The Middlegate Shoe Tree, LeeAnne Adams, Creative Commons

Nocilla Dream is published by Fitzcarraldo Editions.