WINNER OF THE 2009 LA OTRA ORILLA LITERARY AWARD
Upon recovering from a prolonged illness, an author is invited to a literary gathering in Jerusalem that turns out to be a most unusual affair. In the conference rooms of a luxury hotel, as war rages outside, he listens to a series of extraordinary life stories: the saga of a chess-playing duo, the tale of an Italian porn star with a socialist agenda, the drama of a Colombian industrialist who has been waging a longstanding battle with local paramilitaries, and many more. But it is José Maturana—evangelical pastor, recovering drug addict, ex-con—with his story of redemption at the hands of a charismatic tattooed messiah from Miami, Florida, who fascinates the author more than any other. Maturana's language is potent and vital, and his story captivating.
Hours after his stirring presentation to a rapt audience, however, Maturana is found dead in his hotel room. At first it seems likely that Maturana has taken his own life. But there are a few loose ends that don't support the suicide hypothesis, and the author-invitee, moved by Maturana's life story to discover the truth about his death, will lead an investigation that turns the entire plot of this chimerical novel on its end.
In Necropolis, Santiago Gamboa displays the talent and inventiveness that have earned him a reputation as one of the leading figures in his generation of Latin American authors.
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Santiago Gamboa was born in Bogotá, Colombia. His debut novel, Páginas de vuelta (1995), established him as one of the most innovative voices in Colombian literature. He has since published seven novels and two collections of short stories. His journalism appears regularly in El Tiempo (Colombia) and Cromos, and he is a regular contributor to Radio France International. Previously Colombia’s cultural attached in New Delhi, he currently lives in Rome.Review:
Praise for Necropolis
"Santiago Gamboa and García Márquez are the two most important Colombian writers."
—Manuel Vázquez Montalbán
"Gamboa is one of the most interesting Latin American writers...[and Necropolis] is his most ambitious novel yet."
"[With Necropolis] Gamboa proves once again that perhaps no other contemporary Colombian author more perfectly captures the rhythm of storytelling...A formidable writer who deserves robust praise for uniquely lively, lucid and passionate prose."
—El Espectador (Colombia)
"[Necropolis exhibits a] magnificent use of language, accomplishing the difficult task of bringing so many different voices to life whilst making each one authentic and unique."
—La Otra Orilla Jury
"A modern Decameron...an unusual and wistful novel."
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Buchbeschreibung Europa Editions 2012-07-12, New York :|London, 2012. paperback. Buchzustand: New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 9781609450731
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