The Book of Lies

Gastón García Marinozzi

NOVEL. PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, 2018. 263 PAGES.

Was I supposed to make you happy? Was that what you expected of me? Is that something you can expect of someone else? So little?

Mike is a sickly young student and artist, a cowardly, indecisive person. In Mia he encounters a whirlwind of gawky love full of French movies and tracks by Pearl Jam. A strike at university sets them on the path of fighting for a better life and as they campaign to bring an end to the injustices of the past and expose and punish the savage ideologies of recent dictatorships, Mike is surprised to find that his life has been turned upside down.
Through the looking glass is Eugenio, an unpunished genocidal murderer who at the last, ailing and with History having turned against him, finds hope in the energy of youth. Neither he, Mia, nor his imprisoned brother can prevent the protagonist - of a novel infused with political history and nostalgia - from facing up to a murky present and discovering, as a poet once wrote, that ‘life meant business.'
That is Mike's life: an ambush. Art that is both forged and genuine at the same time. A blunderbuss to the conscience. An urge to walk to the shore and swim to the horizon, or into death. Perhaps they're one and the same.

PUBLISHED BY: Spanish PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE

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