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"I have read that the swifts migrate beyond the Sahara, to Uganda and there, and that they spend most of their lives in the air. Just what I would have wanted: not to touch the ground, not to touch anyone", recites the actor Alberto San Juan.

It is a fragment of

Los vencejos

, the next novel by Fernando Aramburu

, which returns to the literary world on August 25, five years after the publication of



This story described by Tusquets, Aramburu's publisher, as "acid and touching",

gets into the skin of Toni, a high school teacher who, angry with the world, decides to end his life


The teacher sets a deadline for one year and during that time he will write a personal chronicle each night.

Through writing he tries to discover the reasons that led him to make such a drastic decision.

Together with his dog Pepa, and a library from which he is shedding, he will make a trip to the past, to his interpersonal relationships and to a politically turbulent Spain.

The plot of

Los vencejos

weaves a succession of love and family episodes in which Toni, a disoriented man determined to recount his ruins, paradoxically breathes

an unforgettable life lesson


Fernando Aramburu (San Sebastián, 1959)

is the author of the short story books

Los pez de la amargura

(2006, XI Mario Vargas Llosa NH Prize, IV Dulce Chacón Prize and 2008 Royal Spanish Academy Prize) and

El vigilante del fiordo

(2011), of the non-fiction works

Self-portrait without me


Deep Veins

(2019) and

Utility of misfortunes


He is also a

writer of novels such


Fuegos con lemon


Los ojos empíos

(2000, Euskadi Award),

Bami sin sombra


La gran Marivián


El trumpetista del Utopia


Viaje con Clara por Alemania.


Slow Years

(2012, VII Prize Tusquets Editores de Novela and Prize of the Booksellers of Madrid),

Ávidas pretensiones

(Short Library Prize 2014) and


(2016, National Narrative Prize, Critics Prize, Euskadi Prize, Francisco Umbral Prize, Dulce Chacón Prize, Arcebispo Juan de San Clemente Prize, European Strega Prize, Lampedusa Prize, Atenas Prize ...).


became a great literary phenomenon


It tells the story of two women, who after the cease of arms of ETA, face opposite situations in the same town: Bittori returns years after the murder of her husband at the hands of the gang and Miren relies on nationalism to understand his son imprisoned for terrorism.

The novel has been

translated into 34 languages ​​and turned into a prestigious series

by Aitor Gabilondo for HBO.

According to the criteria of The Trust Project

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