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The Sky Over Lima
Author: Juan Gomez Barcena

Product Details:
ISBN: 9781780749082
Format: Hardback
Pages: 288
Dims (mm): 135 x 216
Pub Date: 02-06-16
Pub Country: United Kingdom
Condition: NEW

WINNER OF THE 2014 OJO CRITICO LITERARY PRIZE AN OFFICIAL SELECTION OF THE FESTIVAL DU PREMIER ROMAN IN CHAMBERY A retelling of a fantastical true story: two young men seduce Nobel laureate Juan Ramon Jimenez with the words of an imaginary woman and inspire one of his greatest love poems. Jose Galvez and Carlos Rodriguez are poets. Or, at least, they'd like to be. Sons of Lima's elite in the early twentieth century, they scribble bad verses and read the greats: Rilke, Rimbaud, and, above all others, Juan Ramon Jimenez, the Spanish Maestro. Desperate for Jimenez's latest work, which is unavailable for purchase in Peru, they decide to ask him for a copy directly. They're certain Jimenez won't send two dilettantes his book-but maybe he'll favor a beautiful woman. They write to him as the lovely, imaginary Georgina Hubner, and their trick works; Jimenez responds with a letter and an autographed book. Elated, Jose and Carlos write back. Their correspondence continues, and the boys abandon poetry for the pages of Jimenez's life. But as the months go by, and each barge docked in the Lima harbor brings with it a new emblem of the Maestro's growing affection, Jose and Carlos are forced to reckon with their romance's inevitable denouement.

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