Adrian Nathan West grew up in the United States and lives in Spain. He has translated more than twenty books from Spanish, Catalan, and German, among them Rainald Goetz’s Insane, Pere Gimferrer’s Fortuny, and Marianne Fritz’s The Weight of Things. His first book, The Aesthetics of Degradation, was published in English in 2016 and is forthcoming in German and Dutch. His essays and criticism have appeared in The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, and many other journals in print and online.


Edmund White, author of A Boy’s Own Story

‘Imagine a precise, refined eye looking at all the grotesque realities of mall life in Middle America and you’ll have a sense of My Father’s Diet. It’s as if the Joyce of Dubliners were looking at Akron.’

Praise for Adrian Nathan West

‘[The Aesthetics of Degradation]  is a brief, punchy provocation, informed by a strong sense of human compassion—an incitement to readers to think deeply and honestly about a question of profound social importance.’ Houman Barekat, Los Angeles Review of Books

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