Author: José Ramón Ribeyro
Size: 13 x 24 cm
Publication year: 2009
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Considered one of the first “urban” novels of Latin America, “Los geniecillos dominicales” was originally published in 1965. In this novel, the streets of Lima become the setting for a young law student, Ludo, in the midst of a life crisis, poised between youth and maturity, facing a dubious vocation and an uncertain future. The first page of the novel finds the protagonist in his office, “bored and thirsty, interrupting the writ of seizure he is drafting to heave a powerful sigh.” He quits his job and sets out to wander through the city in a sort of initiation.
The sigh at the beginning of the novel persists until the very end. In the words of another Peruvian writer, Mario Vargas Llosa, “with this novel, Ribeyro has not only written his spiritual autobiography, but also the most beautiful of his books, destined to sure and lasting glory.”