The man who wasn't Thursday

Juan Esteban Constaín

NOVEL. LITERATURA RANDOM HOUSE, 2014. 184 PAGES

BIBLIOTECA DE NARRATIVA PRIZE (COLOMBIA)

Shortly before his resignation, Benedict XVI dusts off on ancient rite to canonize G.K. Chesterton. The story dates back to a strange episode in 1929, when the great English writer did a service for the Church at the request of Pope Pious XI, but until now its true nature has never been revealed.

The file, kept under lock and key for years, came to light during the power struggles, document thefts and scandals that rocked the church at the beginning of the 21st Century. The case is a good one but a swathe of mysteries remain unresolved and there are plenty of people who would rather it didn't come out in the open.

This fun, hilarious and deeply serious novel is both an homage to the eternal creator of Father Brown, and a demonstration that history, with its political, religious and literary intrigues, can be re-read just as well as fiction.

El hombre que no fue Jueves winner of the Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana Prize

Article en EL TIEMPO

"My reading of 'The Man Who Wasn't Thursday', an intelligent,

satisfying novel about the canonization ‘process' for the great writer

G.K. Chesteron, is constantly beset by sudden attacks of the giggles."

Oscar Collazos

 

"A delicious novel"

Fernando Iwasaki, EL PAÍS SEMANAL

 

PUBLISHED BY: Spanish PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE | Italy FAZI

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