How well do you know the people around you? Their lives can be surprising.
A journalist suffering from writer’s block as he tries to write his first novel finds a key chain in his building. He soon discovers that the keys open each and every one of the flats in the block. It’s August, so none of his neighbours is at home, Madrid is empty and he has plenty of time and opportunity to snoop around. What at first is something he does to pass the time – night-time visits to the different storeys of the building – ends up becoming his main occupation as he explores the lives of the people around him, strangers and acquaintances alike. He is especially attracted to a love story and a mysterious death that he feels compelled to investigate.
El año sin verano is the first novel by Carlos del Amor, whose first short story collection La vida a veces sold 10,000 copies. This book will leave its mark on readers and booksellers alike.
Carlos del Amor weaves a complex choral novel that makes the reader feel like they’re a character in their own right.