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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,721 ratings  ·  298 reviews
¿Quiénes somos cuando nos cambian las circunstancias?

La guerra dura una década y nadie sabe a ciencia cierta cómo transcurre, qué bando fue el agresor y cuál el agredido. En la comarca, la vida ha continuado entre el temor a la delación y la añoranza de los que fueron al frente.

Cuando llega el momento de evacuar la zona por seguridad, él emprende camino junto a su mujer y
Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Published May 25th 2017 by Alfaguara
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This Spanish dystopian novel was just translated into English and I am super excited to be one of the first English readers to read it! The blurb compares this book to Margaret Atwood and Jose Saramago which really shaped my expectations while reading it since I am a fan of HANDMAID'S TALE, ORYX AND CRAKE, and BLINDNESS. Do NOT listen to the blurb! The blurb is wrong. While enjoyable, I would not say that this work is of the caliber that
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
La tierra transparente

Sueño surreal. The main characters have no names. Only their children are named. The woman was married to another man who left her. The man use to be a farm hand. She marries him after her husband has left. Their children have gone to fight in the civil war. Another child arrives. Julio, obviously displaced, is quickly adopted by the couple. He doesn't like to talk but likes to draw.

The civil war has gone for ten years. No one knows why it started? Then the war approaches
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
It got good for a moment there at the end and then terribly depressing.
switterbug (Betsey)
Tendrils of both Huxley’s Brave New World and Orwell’s 1984 curl through Spanish writer Ray Loriga’s brief, lean, and stark dystopian novel SURRENDER, a fine fable of paradox about personal freedom and sense of self. Instead of Oceania or World State, it’s the Transparent City. Instead of soma, a crystalline product in the water creates a feeling of constant peace and wellbeing. Like the novels before, the people are controlled by government manipulation with an absurdist execution of an ideolog ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an unusual and kind of surreal book.

I was very intrigued by our main character and by our transparent city.

At times, the storytelling was a bit amorphous - it may be frustrating to readers who like more concrete and definite tales.

The ending - also surreal and amorphous.

Yet, there was something about it that I really liked - and I didn't expect to like it at all.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is a sparkling new world in which everything is provided – food, protection, shelter, good health, no financial worries – a utopia or a dystopia? Ray Lorgia does a magnificent job in revealing what it is that makes us human.

The unnamed narrator has “married up” and their two adult sons are gone, fighting a vaguely-defined war. They share their home with a silent boy who appeared of nowhere and has garnered their great affection. At the book’s opening, the three of them are being evacuated from t
Gonzalo Urrutia
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Not much to say about this one, other than it's a quiet story that never goes where you're expecting it to. If you liked 1984 but thought there was too much going on, this one's for you.
Suad Alhalwachi
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all it’s a great book. Talking about a utopian city and happiness made me think that it’s possible! Talking about wars as if they are a second nature to us human beings, talking about love to one children and love towards our partners! It filled my heart. Of course I didn’t realize that the main character maybe had a deficiency of some sort as otherwise why would he be like this? Is it normal that ones spouse goes into a relationship in stark daylight (this is literally the case) withou ...more
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, translation
what malice lurks in the soul of a man who won't recognize himself as one among many?
winner of the 2017 alfaguara prize, ray loriga's surrender (rendición) is a disquieting tale of post-war authoritarianism, dystopian artifice, and mindless conformity. the third novel from the spanish author/filmmaker/screenwriter to be translated into english, surrender feels less like a fictional foray and more like a 21st century documentary-in-advance. abdication and capitulation in the name of safety an
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was part of my Spanish Adult reading club at BookMarkPR.

The beginning was so interesting because it was like a dystopian reading with existentialism elements. The end, from my perspective was so sad because I saw a depressed person enclosed in his world where he couldn't manage or cope with the consequences of the war. As frequently happened, the end was abrupt.

However, in my book club, the book was strongly critiqued because of its lack of genuine story. It was expressed that this story t
Victor Verdejo
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Joy Clark
An interesting take on the dystopian genre. In Surrender, an unnamed narrator and his family are relocated to a "transparent city." It's just like it sounds - a completely glass/crystal city where everyone can see EVERYTHING that everyone else is doing. Interesting concept, and there were a few aspects of the story that could have been explored a bit more thoroughly, but then again it was likely the author's intent to leave some to the imagination. Thought-provoking for sure, especially given ou ...more
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This dystopian novel, winner of the 2017 Premio Alfaguara, takes place in an unspecified country in an unspecified future, at the end of a decades long war, when the inhabitants of a devastated countryside are forced to relocate in a transparent city, where all the walls, ceilings, and floors are transparent. There is no want, conflict or, needless to say, privacy in this city, and the narrator gradually becomes dissatisfied with his own tranquility. The story is told by an uneducated farm labor ...more
Polli Cuevas
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Que estrés
World Literature Today
"Loriga employs deceptively simple, direct language, and he is adept at managing first-person narration. In Rendición, he infuses the protagonist’s telling of his experiences with poetic language, interesting generalizations about life and human nature, and a recurring joke whose punch line never arrives." - Edward Waters Hood

This book was reviewed in the Sept/Oct 2017 issue of World Literature Today magazine. Read the full review by visiting our website:
Julie Anna
Surrender by Ray Loriga


Note: I was given an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Surrender by Ray Loriga is a dystopian sci-fi novel recently translated from its original Spanish text into English by Carolina De Robertis. It follows a couple in the midst of an ongoing war, with no information on what is going on and what to expect. But around the time they are expected to evaculate to the “transparent city”, a young mute boy appears on their property without context.
D. Arlene
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book as part of the amazon vine program for free in exchange for an honest review.

The version I got was an advanced readers copy.

I may have some spoilers in my review.

The books interesting. I didn't realize until a couple pages in that the husband was the main narrator. I've read sci-fi before and I don't know why this surprised me, maybe I just read a lot of YA with the main narrator being the female. Who knows? The story is told in the form of stream of consciousness. I don't find
Leigh Anne
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
People who live in glass cities just might get stoned.

And not in the good way. Loriga's dystopia is one of the subtlest kinds, where you KNOW something's wrong, but not until it's too late to stop it. The unnamed protagonist tells the reader his tale of woe: how the war came, how they had to flee their homes, how the perilous trek to the glass city ended in a new beginning, albeit a strange one.

Along with his wife and an orphaned child they brought along for the ride, the narrator settles into w
Spare and disconnected, Ray Loriga's short dystopian novel Surrender examines what happens in a faltering, unnamed country after a mysterious decades-long war. Our unnamed narrator and his family, complete with a makeshift child, are being shepherded toward a "transparent city," where they will now be forced to live after their homeland falls to war. Surrender follows the family on their trek to the transparent city and takes us beyond those clear glass walls, where everything is out in the open ...more
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Surrender by Ray Loriga is a Spanish dystopian sci-fi novel, which I read translated into English by Carolina De Robertis. I really enjoyed the first half, where our first-person narrator, his wife, and the mute child they have taken in, are evacuated from their town and sent to the “transparent city”. I liked how it felt part-historical with references akin to the Spanish Civil War, whilst also being clearly set in the future or an alternate reality. However, I became disengaged with the story ...more
Danalli Calhoun
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book pleasantly surprised me. I went into it not thinking that I was going to love it, and when I first started it, I wasn't a fan of the writing style. However, as I progressed into the book, I couldn't put it down. This is an interesting premise, and I definitely think it could have been made into a much larger book, I did enjoy this short and quick read. I think the writing style takes some getting used to, there's no real breaks in the story, and it is written more in the form of a diar ...more
Joe Crowe
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Review from English translation.)

This book is amazingly good, a quick, intense look at a society where nothing is private. As you can imagine, there are a few drawbacks to such a place, and the author explores them with tension and drama.

Ali O'Hara
I read (or rather listened to) the English translation, titled Surrender, which Goodreads doesn't seem to have yet.

I would give this 8 or 9 out of 10, so rounding to 5. The tone, the thought-provoking observations, beautiful without being too wordy writing, and unusual premise deserve it.
This novel is part The Road and part 1984/Brave New World, so if you’re a fan of those books, you’ll like this. It was a bit much for me to read this right now during this combination of pandemic and fires that we’re living in, but I might have liked this novel better had I read it during a different time.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
What a beautifully written book- the translation is wonderful. I got lost in it, and read it in almost one sitting.

Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read the translated to English version, obviously :D
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible read for times of social upheaval.
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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Enrique Ariza
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Nice, could explore more aspects and deeper but a nice story after all.
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Jorge Loriga Torrenova, más conocido como Ray Loriga es un escritor, guionista y director de cine español.

Tras trabajar en diversos oficios y publicar relatos en diferentes publicaciones como Underground o El canto de la tripulación, debutó en 1992 con su novela Lo peor de todo. Ésta tuvo gran éxito de público y crítica y fue publicada en toda Europa, como ejemplo de la literatura de la llamada Ge

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