Sky Over Lima by Barcena Juan Gomez Rosenberg Andrea
WINNER OF THE 2014 OJO CRITICO LITERARY PRIZE AN OFFICIAL SELECTION OF THE FESTIVAL DU PREMIER ROMAN IN CHAMBERY Peru 1904. Jose Galvez and Carlos Rodriguez are poets. Or at least they'd like to be. Sons of Lima's elite in the early twentieth century they scribble bad verses and read all the greats especially their idol Juan Ramon Jimenez the Spanish Maestro. Desperate for Jimenez's latest work unavailable in Lima they decide to ask him for a copy. Convinced Jimenez won't send two dilettantes his book but he might favour a beautiful young woman they write to him as the lovely imaginary Georgina Hubner. Jimenez responds with a letter and a signed copy. Elated and now the talk of their literary circle Jose and Carlos write back. Their correspondence continues as the Maestro falls in love with Georgina and the boys abandon poetry for the pages of Jimenez's life. Set against the vibrant backdrop of bohemian taverns and social unrest in Peru at the turn of the century The Sky Over Lima is being hailed as the most assured and inventive literary novel to come out of Spain in years.