Necropolis by Santiago Gamboa

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Winner of the prestigious Otra Orilla Award
An unnamed author attends the International Congress of Biography and Memory in Jerusalem. He listens to a series of extraordinary life stories, but it is José Maturana—evangelical pastor, recovering drug addict, ex-con—with his captivating tale of redemption at the hands of a charismatic tattooed messiah from Miami, who fascinates the author more than any other. Hours after his stirring presentation to a rapt audience, Maturana is found dead in his hotel room. The narrator, 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.

About Santiago Gamboa

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About the AuthorSantiago 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.About the TranslatorHoward Curtis's translation of Solea, the final book in Jean-Claude Izzo's Marseilles trilogy, was shortlisted for the French-American and Florence Gould Translation Prize in 2008.
Published June 26, 2012 by Europa. 464 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The structure of Gamboa's modern-day literary thriller ushers readers directly into the action—the protagonist's point of view is intertwined with Maturana's narrative in the first section, while the second portion comprises three other conference speakers' lectures, each of which is a richly t...

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City Book Review

The depth of Gamboa’s descriptions border on the lyrical and are packed with a punch, such as the exchange the author reports between himself and the famous bibliophile Supervielle: “…because marriage, as I’m sure you know, has the same decaying effect on love that heat and the passing of the day...

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"The first modern celebration of Bloomsday was in 1954, the 50th anniversary of the fictional events in Joyce's book, and about three decades after Joyce published his novel in 1922.

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In its own way, Necropolis has more in common with The Magic Mountain and the Decameron — both stories of people hiding out from death and telling each other stories — than it does with anything Márquez has written.

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In a framed narrative reminiscent of those by Boccaccio or Chaucer, a writer investigates t

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