Severina (Rodrigo Rey Rosa)

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This brilliant, cosmopolitan novel tells the story of a bookseller who falls in love with a woman he catches shoplifting in his store. When the bookseller confronts Severina about the theft a relationship begins, but questions remain: Where is the woman from? Is she married? What explains her obsession with stealing arcane books? This is a novel about love, both the love between two people and the love we have for books. Rey Rosa is a gifted writer who manages to sprinkle fundamental truths effortlessly throughout his story. Rosa was a student and friend of the late Paul Bowles--Bowles actually translated his first novel into English--and his deep understanding of human behavior is evident in his novels. SEVERINA was translated by Chris Andrews, Roberto Bolano’s first English translator.

Severina (The Margellos World Republic of Letters) Cover Image
By Rodrigo Rey Rosa, Chris Andrews (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780300196092
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Yale University Press - February 25th, 2014

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