Open Letters

Juan Esteban Constaín

288 PÁGES.

Is it possible to reinvent the past? To what extent can fiction change the course of events? Marcelino Quijano y Quadra, an enlightened Popayán native and invincible gambler, man of all ages and none at all, is a maker of fiction by trade, a profession as mysterious as the man himself. He reads stolen letters not just to identify the novels that define everyone's fate but to rewrite them and help the protagonist like a discreet, anonymous, well-intentioned god. His latest mission centres around an event so absurd that it would be utterly implausible if it hadn't actually happened: a 1988 peace treaty between the Kingdom of Belgium and the Department of Boyacá, Colombia, who had been officially at war without anyone knowing it since 1867.
Following the success of El hombre que no fue Jueves (The Man Who Wasn't Thursday), Juan Esteban Constaín returns with a novel in which history mingles magically with reality and fiction, the fundamental dichotomy that defines and gives life its meaning.

El Espectador. Interview

El Washington Post. Podcast interview in Spanish

El Colombiano. Review

Criterio. Interview

El Colombiano. Interview

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Álvaro Mutis


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Diego Aristizabal, El Colombiano


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Luis H. Aristizábal, Colombian writer and critic




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