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Santiago Gamboa

Return to the Dark Valley

Cover: Return to the Dark Valley - Santiago Gamboa

Santiago Gamboa

Return to the Dark Valley

2017, pp. 464, Paperback
ISBN: 9781609454258
Translated by: Howard Curtis
Region: Colombia
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£ 13.99

The book

A kaleidoscopic, cosmopolitan novel infused with inky noir

Return to the Dark Valley tells the stories of four immigrants united by their need to return to their place of origin and exact vengeance in some form. Manuela Beltrán, 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; Juana and the consul, central characters in Gamboa’s Night Prayers, who are united in a relationship based equally on hurt and need. And Rimbaud, the precocious, brilliant poet whose life was incessant exploration. These characters animate Gamboa’s richly imagined portrait of a turbulent world where liberation is found in perpetual movement and determined exploration.

Praise for Santiago Gamboa

“Gamboa’s talent at cultivating intrigue and the extravagant energy of his stories make him compulsive reading.”
Times Literary Supplement

“Gamboa’s work calls to mind Roberto Bolaño in its masterful suspense, complex literary references, and frank depiction of violence, sex, and drugs.”
Publishers Weekly

Gamboa’s wildly inventive book is full of literary ironies and tricksiness, characters declaiming on grand themes and unfettered sex and violence. Reminiscent of Roberto Bolaño, Gamboa here creates a platform for bravura storytelling.”
Metro

The author

Santiago Gamboa
Santiago Gamboa is a novelist, short story writer, and journalist born in Colombia. His English language debut Necropolis, published by Europa Editions in 2012, won the Otra Orilla Literary Prize. He is also the author of Night Prayers (Europa Editions, 2016) and Return to the Dark Valley (Europa Editions, 2018).

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