The Grammar of Shadow

Jorge Consiglio

NOVEL, NORMA, 2007, 293 PAGES

Lezcano, a surgeon, has just lost his wife after a long illness. His experience as a widower and doctor have made him a sceptical man. Without making much of an effort to resist his decline, he finds a degree of escape through daydreaming and lascivious fantasies. Although it doesn't look as though he has a chance of changing his fate, his virtues, usually as weak as his will, save him from the worst of the darkness. To alleviate his pain, he indulges in observation, becoming a voyeur with several different objects of interest. However, only one of them will be important enough to shake him out of his stupor and set him back on the path to a life very different to the one he's living: the neighbour he spies on through a small window will little by little become the object of a study carried out with anthropological rigour.
In painstaking, cultured prose, Jorge Consiglio has written a novel about death, the exercise of memory and the metaphysical substance required to rebuild one's life from out of the rubble of absence.

PUBLISHED BY: Spanish NORMA / MIL BOTELLAS

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