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The Island of Hyacinths Cut

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Original title

La isla de los jacintos cortados

Novel by Gonzalo Torrente Ballester about the relationship between men and women, with which his “fantastic trilogy” is concluded.

This novel by Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, published in 1980, concludes his “fantastic trilogy,” which consists of “La saga/fuga de J.B.” (The Saga/Escape of J.B.) (1972) and “Fragmentos del Apocalipsis” (Fragments of the Apocalypses) (1977). The last instalment is an elegy to love, eroticism and all types of relationships between men and women.
A mix of fantasy and reality, the work is erected as a love letter which presents the love triangle between a Greek student, Ariadna and two of her professors: the Frenchman Clair, and the narrator himself, a Spanish professor. The entire plot is rooted in a single, but impacting, statement by Clair: “Napoleon Bonaparte never existed.”
The novel was awarded the National Narrative Prize in 1981.


National Narrative Literature Award (1981)


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