The Cuervo Brothers

Andrés Felipe Solano

NOVEL. ALFAGUARA, 2012. 240 PAGES.

A pair of charismatic brothers. An imposing grandmother. An intruder. A cyclist in decline. A fugitive woman. All are pretty strange, all are familiar with disaster and all their fates are tied to that of a single family. The protagonists of the three interwoven stories of quests and rootlessness that make up this novel will be driven by the urges of their youth and the disorientation of not feeling a part of the world into which they have been thrust.  

Los hermanos Cuervo (The Cuervo Brothers), whose father is a mystery and mother is a fugitive, are left in their grandmother’s care and build an eccentric universe in a large house in Bogotá during a decade in which terrorist bombs make a life indoors not just an option but the only way out.

A schoolmate, obsessed with the enigmatic brothers, about whom all kinds of rumours abound, will set out to infiltrate the labyrinthine mansion and put together the pieces of the mysterious origins of the Cuervo. The key would seem to be in a tale of a long cart journey into the La Guajira desert and the dark secrets of a racer who won the Vuelta a Colombia in the sixties, a period when cycling, the most heroic of all sports, enthralled the whole country.  


"Enormous potential of the new Colombian narrative."

NEWSPAPER EL COLOMBIANO

PUBLISHED BY: Spanish ALFAGUARA | Spain DEMIPAGE

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