El pasado

The Past

El pasado

After 13 years of love, Rímini and Sofia have decided to separate. For him, in his 30s, everything seems new again. But his relationship with Sofia is not dead, it has only changed shape. And when love returns and surprises him, ambushing him in a dark corner, it has the face of horror. Sofia reappears once and again on his horizon to win him back, to torture him, or to save his life. Thus, Rímini sinks into an abyss of black comedy, until his agony changes drastically when he meets the ‘Women who Love Too Much’. El pasado is an exemplary narration, the bastard child of Marcel Proust and Seinfeld. An extremely subtle book, to be read with emotion and with a laugh frozen on the reader’s lips. A story about the methamorphosis that passions suffer when they go into the black hole of posterity.


  • France (Christian Bourgois)
  • UK (The Harvill Press)
  • The Netherlands (Meulenhoff)
  • Italy (Feltrinelli)
  • Brazil (Cosac & Naify)
  • Romania (Vellant)
  • Germany (Klett-Cotta)
  • Greece (Papyros)
  • Russia (Azbooka)
  • Serbia (Laguna)
  • Portugal (Dom Quixote)
  • Germany (pocket) (DTV)
  • Italy (SUR)
  • Macedonia (Antolog)
Alan Pauls

Alan Pauls

Alan Pauls (Buenos Aires, 1959) is an author, journalist, script writer and cinema critic. He has a BA and was a lecturer of Literary Theory in the Philosophy department of the UBA and the founder of the magazine Lecturas Críticas. He was editor-in-chief of the magazine Página/30 and has also been associate editor of Radar, the Sunday supplement of Página/12, which he continues contributing to regularly.

At the moment he writes a column for the Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo and organizes the independent cinema season el ciclo Primer Plano for cable I-Sat.