Santiago Gamboa



Santiago Gamboa is unquestionably one of the figures in new Latin American fiction that has had the most impact on the international literary scene. He studied literature in Bogotá, Hispanic Philology in Madrid and Cuban literature at the Sorbonne in Paris. His debut as novelist came with the publication of Turned Pages (1995), making a name for himself as one of the most innovative voices working in new Colombian fiction. His works have been translated into more than ten languages.

“Gamboa is, along with García Márquez,

the most importan colombian writer."

Manuel Vázquez Montalbán


“With elegance and narrative virtuosity, Gamboa falls within the tradition

of the urban adventure novel, providing a cosmopolitan impulse

to European literature."



"One of the most interesting Latin American writers nowadays."



© Daniel Mordzinski

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By Santiago Gamboa

  • Return to the Dark Valley

    NOVEL, 2016

    Manuela Beltrán, a woman haunted by a troubled childhood she tries to escape through books and poetry; Tertuliano, an Argentine preacher who claims to be the Pope's son, ready to resort to...

  • A House in Bogotá

    NOVEL, 2014

    Thanks to the International Rubén Bonifaz Nuño Prize for the Essay, the narrator, a philologist, is able to buy his house. After years spent desiring it, staring at it, and touching...

  • The War and the Peace

    ESSAY, 2014

  • Oceans of Sand


    In this travel diary of a trip through the Middle East, Santiago Gamboa recounts his experiences in Aleppo, Damascus, Jerusalem, Amman, Petra, and Aqaba: the habits and customs of the men and...

  • Night Prayers

    NOVEL, 2012

    " A young man in a dirty, dank cell in Bangkok; a woman lying in bed next to a man she doesn't love, pretending to be asleep.    Words, words, words.  ...

  • Necropolis

    NOVEL, 2009

    LA OTRA ORILLA LITERARY AWARD 2009 Following a long illness, a writer is invited to a biography conference in Jerusalem where the accounts of the odd lives of the conference participants come...

  • Hotel Pekín

    NOVEL, 2008

    Colombian Francisco Munévar unblinkingly renounces his country, his language and his identity to become Frank Michalski, the “star trainer” of an American economic assistance...

  • The Ulysses Syndrome

    NOVEL, 2005

    A young writer who washes dishes in a nightmarish kitchen of an oriental restaurant evokes the voices of friends and numerous women in a dizzying testimony of African, oriental, Latin and also...

  • El cerco de Bogotá


  • The Imposters

    NOVEL, 2002

    A journalist living in Paris who has always wanted to be a writer, a philologist determined to travel in search of experience, following in the footsteps of a writer he admires, and a failed...

  • October in Pekin

    TRAVEL BOOK, 2001

  • Losing: it's Just a Question of Technique

    NOVEL, 1997

    A call from the police is hardly an unusual thing in the journalist Victor Silanpa’s life. However, this one in particular is going to be pretty disturbing, not just because of the brutal...

  • Páginas de vuelta

    NOVEL, 1995

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