A House in Bogotá

Santiago Gamboa

NOVEL. LITERATURA RANDOM HOUSE, 2014. 170 PAGES.

Thanks to the International Rubén Bonifaz Nuño Prize for the Essay, the narrator, a philologist, is able to buy his house. After years spent desiring it, staring at it, and touching its stone and brick walls to decipher the enigma of its attraction, he finally manages to make it his and the moment that he traverses its threshold as its new owner, he knows that this is his destiny, his place in the world; a space tailored to fit his tastes and his concept of life.

The move into the large old, Bogotan house requires patience. This is more an act of thought and memory than a physical process. Every corner; the wooden floors, the bathrooms, the dining room, the pantry, the library, the bedrooms, the attic and even the neighbourhood as seen through its windows gives rise to a fascinating journey through the life of the protagonist. We learn about his itinerant existence in the company of his aunt, his intellectual preoccupations, his love for books and language, his rich sexual experiences, his discovery of the dark side of cities and also receive hints about a tragedy that has haunted him since he was a child.

PUBLISHED BY: Spanish LITERATURA RANDOM HOUSE | France MÉTAILIÉ | Italy E/O Edizioni

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