by Rodrigo Blanco Calderón
Proof of the chaos and misery that plague Caracas are the hordes of dogs
that roam the streets, abandoned by the millions of Venezuelans who flee the
country. That’s why Ulises, who’s flat broke and teaches in a modest cinema
workshop, agrees to create a foundation to rescue dogs in need. Ulises is
unwittingly dragged into an odyssey of family entanglements, dangers that
have him doubting the people around him—where suddenly no one is what
they seem—and mysteries surrounding the most famous, patriotic dogs in
With a masterful hand and refined sense of humour, Rodrigo Blanco has
produced a mystery, not without parodic elements, packed with references to
cinema, literature, and dogs. Simpatía is like a tragicomic fresco, sometimes
grotesque, of Venezuela today. There’s an ironic, irreverent take on some of
the country’s most mythical figures, from Simón Bolívar to Hugo Chávez, and a
sharp, hilarious reflection on inheritance and identity.
Spanish (Alfaguara). All othe rirghts available.
“One of the big names in nowadays
Venezuelan literature; a literature that shows
the best of itself outside its frontiers.”
Rodrigo Blanco Calderón (Caracas,
Venezuela, 1981) is a writer, editor and
university lecturer. He completed a
doctorate in linguistics and literature
at Paris XIII University. He has received
various awards for his stories. In 2007 he
was invited to join the Bogotá39 group,
which brings together the best Latin
American narrators under thirty-nine
years old. With his first novel, The Night,
he won the 2016 Paris Rive Gauche Prize,
the Critics Award in Venezuela and the
2019 Mario Vargas Llosa Biennial Prize. He
currently lives in Malaga, Spain.
Rodrigo Blanco Calderón 2021
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- Publisher/Imprint Penguin Random House / Alfaguara
- Publication Date May 2021
- Orginal LanguageSpanish
- ISBN/Identifier 9788420439372
- Publication Country or regionSpain
- Publish StatusUnpublished
- Original Language TitleSpanish
- Copyright Year2021
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