9 Apr
La Casa de papel 2004 First U.S. edition 2005 HarcourtBooks  Novella mystery 103 pages

La Casa de papel 2004
First U.S. edition 2005 HarcourtBooks
Novella mystery 103 pages

This book is about a woman whom we never meet. She is not the narrator nor is she the main character, but she is ever front and center.

“One day in the spring of 1998, Bluma Lennon bought a secondhand copy of Emily Dickinson’s poems in a bookshop in Soho, and as she reached the second poem on the first street corner, she was knocked down by a car”*

This is a story about obsession.

The House of Paper, exquisitely translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor, and illustrated by Peter Sis “…. is a tribute to the strange and passionate relationship between people and their books.”**

What we learn of Bluma, we learn through the voice of her colleague and one time lover, our narrator. Several months after her death, Bluma receives a package addressed to her at the University where she was a professor of Latin American Literature. The package is opened by our narrator who finds a book written by Joseph Conrad, The Shadow-Line. In the book, written in green ink, is an inscription from Bluma to ‘Carlos’. An inscription which, along with the condition of the book itself, prompts our narrator to do a bit of sleuthing in order to locate ‘Carlos’, tell him what happened to Bluma, and return the book. Were it so simple.

This is a wonderful story about books and the writers who write them, commingled with a little mystery.
*first sentence
** front book flap


3 Responses to “THE HOUSE OF PAPER”

  1. chowmeyow April 17, 2015 at 8:59 p04 #

    I’m intrigued! Will have to look for this one – sounds lovely.



    […] came to The Shadow Line by way of The House of Paper reviewed here. Joseph Conrad was know to me when, in High School, Lord Jim was required reading. And, even though […]

  2. books, the universe, and everything | BBAW Day 3: Book Pushers - February 17, 2016

    […] I read a delightful novella (The House of Paper by Carlos María Domínguez) that never would have hit my radar if not for a great post by Wordman. […]

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