What You See

Xavier Velasco

NOVEL. ALFAGUARA, 2007. 200 PAGES.

"The boy in the painting is desperate. He needs to be saved but can't imagine who can save him. He wants to get out of there and doesn't know how."

To be a boy is to understand that it's a short road to hell. You get there without knowing it, escape without thinking and return without wanting to.

The boy in this story is reluctant to tell his tale. He'd rather bury it than allow it a place in his memory. But when he least expects it, he finds that he's already a part of a lightning quick game in which he's allowed to do what he wants... except let the story die. The whole point of the game is to save it.

"With precise, elegant language and the perfect metaphors to achieve

brilliance without overdoing it, we see the no-longer-quite-a-boy,

an apprentice writer, perform the ultimate act of parachuting into the abyss,

an achievement that symbolizes the way writers

launch themselves into the void."

Lluis Satorras, BABELIA, EL PAÍS

PUBLISHED BY: Spanish Worldwide ALFAGUARA

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