paris blue It is a novel about the theater, about unlikely love, about redoubled injustice that persecutes victims who never stop being victims. It is three stories in one, as well as a reflection on time lost and life recovered, the life that was there without seeing it, which is unexpectedly rediscovered and reinvented just when death reigns around you.
The latest novel by Antonio Gómez Rufo is the story of a belated love (“Eternity is what never ends while love waits for an answer”), that of a group of actors who see their lives, already changeable, altered by the pandemic and are baffled at the terrifying spectacle of an empty Madrid but with sidewalks littered with mattresses, feverish mattresses leaning against trees, mattresses that were the last Shelter for those who left us without saying goodbye, from one day to the next, and whose coffins ended up lined up on an ice rink. Mattresses like “notes or white, anonymous tombstones, scattered around the city.”
paris blue it is also the story of the brutal return to Paris of a woman and her daughter after having survived the shame of occupied France., to the dishonest city of the thousands of Jews arrested and dragged by gendarmes to the trains that would drive them like cattle to the Nazi concentration camps; to the horror of Auschwitz.
is the story of a heterogeneous group of actors who for the first time see the face of horror up closeof a fright caused by thousands of unexpected deaths, some very close, while they internalize the spasmodic terror that stuck forever to the skin of the characters they have to interpret.
The novel tells the parallel story of a woman and her daughter returning to Paris after having survived the horror of the Nazi death camps.
paris blue is all of that, plus a A very personal gastronomic guide to the capital, a brief but acid critique of social networks and the decline of journalismand a nostalgic tour of the fashionable places of the “other” movement, that of the intelligentsia that emerged after the dictatorship and that of the political desires that flourished in the Madrid of Tierno Galván and the Transition.
Gómez Rufo gives us an intimate novel, a tribute to two of his great loves, Madrid and the theater.
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