THE CHILDREN, Carolina Sanín

One day, as she enters her local supermarket, Laura Romero has a startling encounter with a beggar, who seems to offer her a child. A short while later, in the middle of the night, she discovers a mysterious young boy on the pavement outside her apartment building: Fidel, who is six years old, a child with seemingly no origins or meaning. With few clues to guide her as she tries to attach significance to his presence, Laura find herself swept into a bureaucratic maelstrom of fantastical proportions.

From the National Institute of Families to the Hearth & Home Centre, from imagined worlds to lost loves, The Children explores the limits of isolation and intimacy, hospitality and friendship. a supernatural fable, with terror and absurdity lingering at every step.

Translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor

Hardback - 193x135 - 160p - £14.99 - 18/05/2017 - 9780857055866

 

"Disturbing and original, exploring the limits of identity and isolation" JUAN CARLOS MORALES, RNE

"A profoundly original novel, displaying the influence of Freud and Dickens" JOSE LUIS IBANEZ RIDAO, Onda Cero

"An excellent writer; one of the best in Colombia" EVELIO ROSERO, author of The Armies

 

Elise Williams