Carlos Rojas: El sueño de Sarajevo [The Dream of Sarajevo]

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The latest addition to my website is Carlos RojasEl sueño de Sarajevo [The Dream of Sarajevo]. This is the third book of his Sandro Vasari trilogy and certainly the best. Its is a very complicated book, set in a fictitous mental asylum called The Dream of Reason, where the relatively few patients are both fictitious and historical characters, but many of whom are dead and are there as ghosts. These include Fernando VII, King of Spain, Marcel Proust and the philosopher Descartes. Several of them have lived for several hundred years or died and come back to life. All have witnessed strange events, both historical and fictitious. One has had premonitions about events such as the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand or the assassination of Tsar Nicholas and his family. Many of them cross paths during their excursions through history. Rojas uses all of this to comment on Spain and her history, religion, politics, philosophy, memory and a host of other topics. This is a first-class novel which really deserves to be better known. Sadly, this book has not been translated into English or any other language

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