The life and death wish of an expatriate in Fernando Aramburu's new novel
After the worldwide success of Homeland, the Basque author publishes Los Vencejos (The Swifts), which will reach Spanish-speaking bookstores in September.
The narrator completely changes the setting and situates the plot in an unnamed German city, although he has made it clear to the media that his new novel continues to be anchored in Spanish social reality.
Los Vencejos (published in Spain by Tusquets) tells the story of a disenchanted high school teacher who has decided to end his life on a specific date because he has become angry with the world. The novel itself is thus a testament and a twelve-month farewell by someone who sees the world in an acid and disbelieving way.
The perspective of his misfortune is treated from an ironic and choral point of view, not without tenderness, according to the author. As he has declared, the health crisis of the coronavirus has served him to finish outlining a project he has been working on for three years.
Homeland (translated to English by Alfred J. MacAdam) was first published in September 2016, and since then it has broken all possible sales records. In a single year it sold more than 300,000 copies, and was made into an HBO series and even a comic book version.
Today, the novel has sold 1,200,000 copies and has been translated into 34 languages. Homeland has sold an unprecedented 53 editions. The keys to its success were its investigation into the most recent pain of Basque and Spanish society, its success in constructing a complex story about the terrorist group ETA and the Basque conflict, and the unusual response from readers.
Fernando Aramburu (San Sebastián, 1959) already has a long and solid career.
He has published books of short stories (Los peces de la amargura and El vigilante del fiordo) and several novels: Fuegos con limón, Los ojos vacíos, Bami sin sombra, La gran Marivián, El trompetista del Utopía, Viaje con Clara por Alemania, Años lentos and Ávidas pretensiones. With Patria he reached a worldwide dimension, and became one of the most important writers of Spanish expression.
The publishers hope to repeat his success five years after Homeland hurricane with Los vencejos (The Swifts), which will be published after the summer.