Collection: Hotel de las letras
Literary Category: tales
Language: Español, Catalán
Format: Paperback with flaps
Synopsis: A present-day Humboldt and a distressed meteorologist debate between their field of study and the official line. Athletes in ascent or decadence are tripped over in the court, the diamond or the ring turned into insanity, harassment or political prison. Obsessed spectators question portraits and frames in search for clues of their own existence. The young, prey to idols, to betrayed friendship, to the loneliness that exiles imposes, fall into the traps of their own obsession. In short, the characters of these twenty-some stories all carry, with aplomb or with dismay, with humor, irony or melodrama, the weight of a story that is at the same time that of Latin America and of the whole of humanity.
The fine prose and narrative control of Sergio Ramírez are in full display in this anthology, that represents the best of his work as a short-story writer and, at the same time, a succinct intellectual autobiography of its author.
“The leading short-story writer in the Latin American continent, one the best in Spanish, heir to the weapons of Cortázar and Monterroso.” (Javier Sancho Más, Babelia)