The year of the summer that never came

William Ospina

NOVEL. PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, 2015. 296 PAGES.

“I was surprised to find out that the eruption of a volcano in Indonesia in 1815 was one of the most significant reasons for the birth of the Western legend of the vampire and the nightmare of a living being constructed from fragments of cadavers. I was strangely gratified to learn that the lives of Bryon and Shelley, the catastrophe of a volcanic eruption in the southern seas, a tsunami on the coast of Bali, the cloud of sulphur, ash and volcanic crystal that darkened the skies of the Indo-Chinese peninsula, and the monsoons that were driven north, unleashing waves of cholera in India and drowning many with flooding from the Yangtze and Yellow rivers, were all part of the same story. That story brought together many different extremes, affected half the world, and combined geological and meteorological phenomena with historical events, literary characters and fantastical creatures."

PUBLISHED BY: Spanish Worldwide PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE

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