Bernardo Esquinca: Los escritores invisibles [The Invisible Writers]

The latest addition to my website is Bernardo Esquinca‘s Los escritores invisibles [The Invisible Writers]. This novel is narrated by Jaime Puente, a would-be novelist who cannot get published. When he finally does get an offer of publication, it comes with strings attached. He has to deliver Roberto Rojas, his former teacher and friend, and his mysterious manuscript, which several publishers are trying to get hold of. Rojas, however, seem to have disappeared. Things get worse when Jaime finds a body in Rojas’ flat and he flees to a town where he meets the Guild of Housewives, who pass their time, unknown to their husbands, writing pornographic novels. Jaime gets somewhat too involved with the pornography and heads back home. As well as delving into mystery, pornography and failed novelists, Esquinca rails against publishers who are only interested in making money and not in literary quality. Not a bad book but it has not been published in English (or any other language) and I am not sure that it will be.

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