Snippet: Luis Landero’s “El balcón en invierno”

Juan Cruz reviewed Luis Landero (Alburquerque, 1948), El balcón en invierno [The balcony in winter] positively in El País. An autobiographic novel that looks back on the author’s childhood in Extremadura and youth in Madrid during the 1950s and 1960s, including his grandparents, parents, cousins and other relatives. The premature death of his father led the 16 year old to a decisive turn in his life, from a “guttersnipe” (motorcycles, cigarettes, girls) to a serious student.

A summary in English not yet but probably soon available from the publisher; one can already read about six earlier novels written by Landero.

SOURCE: El País, Oct. 15, 2014


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