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Santiago Gamboa discusses his new novel, RETURN TO THE DARK VALLEY

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Submitted by BradJohnson on Tue, 09/19/2017 - 3:54pm

Wednesday, September 27

Santiago Gamboa is one of Colombia's most exciting young writers. In the manner of Roberto Bolaño, Gamboa infuses his kaleidoscopic, cosmopolitan stories with a dose of inky dark noir that makes his novels intensely readable, his characters unforgettable, and his style influential.

Manuela Beltrán, a woman haunted by a troubled childhood she tries to escape through books and poetry; Tertuliano, an Argentine preacher who claims to be the Pope's son, ready to resort to extreme methods to create a harmonious society; Ferdinand Palacios, a Colombian priest with a dark paramilitary past now confronted with his guilt; Rimbaud, the precocious, brilliant poet whose life was incessant exploration; and, Juana and the consul, central characters in Gamboa's Night Prayers, who are united in a relationship based equally on hurt and need. These characters animate Gamboa's richly imagined portrait of a hostile, turbulent world where liberation is found in perpetual movement and determined exploration.

About the Author

Santiago 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 attaché in New Delhi, he has lived in Rome and Paris, and currently lives in Calí, Colombia.

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
East Bay Booksellers
5433 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
Return to the Dark Valley Cover Image
By Santiago Gamboa, Howard Curtis (Translator)
ISBN: 9781609454258
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - September 19th, 2017

Night Prayers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609453114
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - March 1st, 2016

Necropolis Cover Image
By Santiago Gamboa, Howard Curtis (Translator)
ISBN: 9781609450731
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Europa Editions - June 26th, 2012