El ángel literario
Eduardo Halfon

NOVEL | 2005 | 135 pages

* FINALIST, HERRALDE PRIZE 2005 *

Why does a person begin to write? In the lives of people with all or none of the proper circumstances, is there a moment of initial literary inspiration or narrative awakening? Starting with five biographic short stories that aspire to pinpoint the literary origins of Hermann Hesse, Raymond Carver, Ernest Hemingway, Ricardo Piglia, and Vladimir Nabokov, a narrator, perhaps Eduardo Halfon himself, attempts to pinpoint the precise—yet ephemeral—moment in which an angel flies over someone and forces them into the literary life. But does such a moment really exist?

Part novel, part collection of short stories, essays, interviews, and fragmented diary, El ángel literario flirts with being a book that is taking shape as it is being written, a book that details and registers the arduous process of it’s own creation, all while trying to decipher the enigma of the literary calling

RIGHTS: spanish ANAGRAMA | portuguese (portugal) CAVALO DE FERRO | italian CAVALLO DI FERRO

A beautiful, haunting novel. Eduardo Halfon’s prose is as delicate, precise, and ineffable as the precocious art—a lighthouse that illuminates everything.
— Francisco Goldman, author of The Divine Husband and The Art of Political Murder

BY EDUARDO HALFON:

Duelo NOVEL, 2017 Signor Hoffman STORIES, 2015 Monasterio NOVEL, 2014 Los tragadores de cosas bonitas PICTURE BOOK, 2013 Mañana nunca lo hablamos STORIES, 2011 La pirueta NOVEL, 2010 El boxeador polaco SHORT STORIES, 2008 Siete minutos de desasosiego STORIES, 2007 El angel literario NOVEL, 2005 Esto no es una pipa, Saturno NOVEL, 2004 De cabo roto STORIES, 2004