El mundo de afueraBook - 2014 | Spanish
The Outside World takes place in Medellín. There, time is wrapped in a mist, and voices seem like whistles that get lost among tree branches. A castle-like structure stands watch in the overgrown outskirts of the city, and a blond girl runs out the door. Eyes watch, captivated by this unusual presence, and the girl disappears into the forest. It is 1971, and this girl's father, don Diego, has been kidnapped. El Mono is the leader of the crime ring, whose intention is to demand a million-dollar ransom from the family. El Mono has reasons aside from economics to kidnap don Diego: a romantic obsession with the man's daughter, Isolda, a blonde princess whose father, a devotee of Wagner's operas, has kept her locked in the "castle" to preserve her purity and avoid sullying her with the crude outside world that surrounds them. Don Diego, a Germanophile, is married to Dita, a German woman who left Nazi Berlin to live in the replica of La Rouchefoucauld castle that her husband has built in Medellín. Since she was little, Isolda has escaped into the woods, where she played with imaginary rabbits, while El Mono would watch her, hidden in the trees. Short and uncomplicated, this novel about love and death is both poetic and vivid, with a masterful use of tension, incorporation of cinematographic techniques such as flashback and parallel narration, and the echoes of both folkloric tales and news blotters.
Publisher: Doral, FL : Alfaguara, c2014
Branch Call Number: SPA FRANCO
Characteristics: 302 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: El mundo de afuera