Donde las mujeres
Donde las mujeres

Where the Women Are

Donde las mujeres

In this magnificent novel, Pombo describes the splendour and decline of a family group which apparently believed it-self to be perfect. The narrator, the eldest daughter of the family, had thought that all of her relatives - her eccentric mother, her sister Violeta and brother Fernandito, her still more eccentric aunt Lucia, and the latest German lover - were superior beings. They seemed to her to shine with their own light in the midst of the romantic landscape of the peninsula, almost an island, in which they lived, isolated and proudly disdainful of the flat reality of the age. However, a series of events (the reappearance of the until then forgotten father), and the uncovering of a family secret which affects her decisively, discovers to the narrator the true face - cold, practical, tyrannical, and in the end poisonous - of the mythicized inhabitants of the peninsular redoubt. The revelation will irredeemably change the course of her life, unbalancing that eccentric family equilibrium in which fathers, husbands, men, are much the same. They are interchangeable.

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Álvaro Pombo

Álvaro Pombo

Álvaro Pombo was born in Santander in 1939 and curren-tly lives in Madrid. He has a B.A. from the University of Madrid, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Birkbeck College (London). He has been awarded the Herralde Novel Prize (1983) for El héroe de las Mansardas de Mansard, the Critics' Prize (1991) for El metro de platino iridiado, and both, the Ciudad de Barcelona Prize and the National Literature Prize (1997) for Donde las mujeres, for which he was also shortlisted in the Aristeion Prize. With La cuadratura del círculo he was awarded the Fastenrath Prize (2001) by the Royal Academy of Language. El cielo raso was awarded The Lara Fundation Prize (2002), granted by eleven major publishers to the best published novel of the year. Also, in 2002 he was appointed to the Royal Academy of Spanish Language. For Contra natura has been awarded the Ciudad de Barcelona and the Salambó Prizes.