The Scale of Maps by Belen Gopegui

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Sergio Prim is a staid, middle-aged geographer. The romantic advances of Brezo Varela, a lively young woman who shares his profession, induce a series of terrifying hallucinations from which he attempts to seek refuge by immersing himself in the quest to map a place in which love never results in disillusionment. A lyrical examination of language, imagination, and desire.

Belén Gopegui burst onto the Spanish literary scene in 1993, bowling over critics with her masterful debut La escala de los mapas (The Scale of Maps), which was hailed as a masterpiece. This is her first work translated into English.

 

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Belén Gopegui burst onto the Spanish literary scene in 1993, bowling over critics with her debut, La escala de los mapas [The Scale of Maps], which was hailed as a masterpiece. She has since published six more novels, stories and screenplays. This is her first translation into English. Gopegui was born, and lives in, Madrid. Mark Schafer has translated novels, short stories, essays, and poetry by many Latin American authors including Virgilio Piñera, Gloria Gervitz, Jesús Gardea, Eduardo Galeano, and Antonio José Ponte. Schafer has received numerous grants and awards for his translations, including the Robert Fitzgerald Prize and two Translation Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.Schafer's translation, Before Saying Any of the Great Words: Selected Poetry of David Huerta was published in January 2009 by Copper Canyon Press. (For more information on this book and to hear Huerta read his poetry in Spanish go to http://www.beforesaying.com.) His translation of Belén Gopegui's novel La escala de los mapas (The Scale of Maps) will be published by City Lights in January of 2011. Schafer is also a visual artist who makes provocative collages with maps, which can be viewed on his website.
 
Published January 4, 2011 by City Lights Publishers. 223 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Sergio Prim, at 39 a self-described "small man" set in his bachelor ways, has begun an affair with a woman nine years his junior, Brezo Varela, whose vitality and passion for Sergio astonish him and wreak havoc on his orderly life.

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The romantic advances of Brezo Varela, a lively young woman who shares his profession, induce a series of terrifying hallucinations from which he attempts to seek refuge by immersing himself in the quest to map a place in which love never results in disillusionment.

Feb 21 2011 | Read Full Review of The Scale of Maps

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