Guayacanal

William Ospina

NOVEL. PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, 2019. 256 PAGES

In Guayacanal - the name of the farm around which family life revolved -William Ospina tells the story of his great grandparents, grandparents and Padua, his place of birth, and its surroundings where he spent a happy, bewitching childhood, one that he now realizes he never truly left.
In his characteristically enthralling, intimate prose Ospina takes the reader on a plainspoken but poetic journey through the vagaries of his life and memories, hopping from the past to the present and back again, from the childhood haunts he remembers with nostalgia and emotion to different periods in the past: the Conquest, colonial times and especially the first half of the twentieth century when his ancestors settled in the area and witnessed and took part in the birth of a wonderful, complex world that was initially able to stand apart from the waves of violence which, sadly, eventually arrived.
Full of joy, music, nature, and incredibly human characters, parties, stories, poetry, magic and feasts as well as gratuitous miserliness of spirit, greedy men and terrible crimes, this extraordinary book manages to lay bare the spirit of an entire country: reviving a Colombia that has now disappeared, a period, region and people who may have passed on but who come back to us alive and well in these pages.

PUBLISHED BY: Spanish Worldwide PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE

Other titles from William Ospina:

Share ·

Provença 293, 4-1 - 08037 · Barcelona +34 93 832 70 88 · · Member of ADAL