Spanish Angst

What I Wish I’d Known BEFORE I Moved to Madrid




Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/24/2007

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 192
ISBN : 9781434345509
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 1
ISBN : 9781467020695

About the Book

Spanish Angst is a high concept comedy set in 1997 and centred on a strong female protagonist.  Bella, a 23 year old marketing graduate, leaves the USA behind to find greener grass in sunny Spain.  Despite her Spanish parents and happy childhood memories of Spain, Bella’s Madrid experience doesn’t match her expectations.

The owner of the firm where she works believes that all around him exist solely to increase his personal wealth.  Her direct boss, Marga, is a jealous forty-something who delights in exploiting her and insulting her dress sense.  Her attempts to find a different job seem surreal, she can’t get her t.v. fixed, she can’t get a decent meal, no one seems to understand her accent and her matchmaking flat mate keeps setting her up with losers.  Bella is just too American, feminist and goal oriented for the people around her and the cultural clashes provide constant entertainment.  She is also too stubborn to just give up.


Based on over twelve years of the author’s experience working and seeking work in Madrid, this is more than just a comedic treatment of how different attitudes and ideologies can be from one country to the next.  It is also a real reflection of the work environment for women in Madrid.  So if you know anyone who dreams of moving abroad to enjoy a laid back culture, have them read this first!!

About the Author

LLVT is a Spanish citizen born of a Danish mother in Chicago, Illinois.  The author’s first comedic effort was a comic strip about her fifth grade teacher and a rat.  Perhaps this (and a very forgiving teacher) led to a merit based scholarship in the sixth grade for wordily gifted children.  Being a Spanish-English bilingual has influenced her unusual verbal style almost as much as her penchant for English comedy.  LLVT has been writing ever since but this is her first officially published work. 


Although fictional, the events in SPANISH ANGST are true to life and draw very heavily on the author’s personal experiences of living and trying to work in Madrid.  Over the last twelve years in Madrid the writer has worked in as many business sectors in positions as diverse as Marketing Manager, Waitress, Customer Service Agent, Campaign Support Volunteer, Lawyer and consultant.  The author’s qualifications include a BA in English Literature from the University of Illinois, a Law degree from NIU, an MBA from IEDE in Madrid, and a slew of smaller certifications that seemed to make her truly unemployable.  However; the author is currently making a go in a new business sector in sunny Scotland.


A full biography and other banter written by LLVT can be seen on the website:, including a monologue in Spanish and a short script in English about getting dumped.