England. A fable

Leopoldo Brizuela

NOVEL. CLARÍN, 1999. 397 PAGES.

CLARIN NOVEL PRIZE 1999

This fable begins at the close of the twentieth century, in the extreme south of the archipelago Tierra del Fuego, when a group of researchers on the island of Waichai discover the last "savage child" and documents that permit the reconstruction of the strangest tragedy ever recorded in the history of the southern seas. Or it begins four centuries earlier, on the island of the north, when William Shakespeare meets at the Elizabethan court a man with dark skin and black eyes who possesses the richest language in the world. Or at the end of the nineteenth century when a delirious count, the teacher of Oscar Wilde, designates the Girl Prophet as his heir in the management of the theatre company The Great Will and in the search for the hidden secret at the heart of The Tempest. Or in 1914 when the battleship carrying the members of the Company sets course for Cape Horn, and Shakespeare finds among the last members of the Ona tribe the name of his fate. England is not an historical tale. Rather it is a fable that salvages the lost dialogue between two civilizations that have seen only the other's dark side. Brimming with imagination and intelligence, it unquestionably deserved the 1999 Clarin Novel Prize, which the panel consisting of Vlady Kociancich, Augusto Roa Bastos and Andrés Rivera awarded it unanimously. Leopoldo Brizuela has written a contemporary classic: a novel that will change the way we read history and literature.

PUBLISHED BY: Latin America CLARIN / AGUILAR | Spain ALFAGUARA | France JOSE CORTI | Portugal TEMAS & DEBATES | Germany BERLIN VERLAG | Brazil OBJETIVA |

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