9781860463570

The Farewell Angel

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  • ISBN13:

    9781860463570

  • ISBN10:

    1860463576

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-06-01
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
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Summary

On the day he is released from prison in Madrid, Leonardo learns of his parents' death in a car crash. He returns to their empty town house, a rich young man now, but with a life to reconstruct out of fragments. At first all he wants is to be atone to took over books, diaries, and old photographs, the mute witnesses to his own childhood and his parents' wretched marriage. But in time he concentrates on the Quinta Blanca, the white house by the cuff edge where his grandmother used to nourish him on stories, especially Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen". When Leonardo revisits this childhood home at Christmas as the guest of its new owner, Casilda, he, too, has the sliver of ice removed from his heart by the one woman capable of doing so, and his own redemption is at hand.The Farewell Angel is about storytelling, about the determining power of stories to harm and to heat. Centered around a lighthouse and the sea-washed rocks beneath it, this haunting novel is a triumph of subtle narrative by the prize-winning author of Variable Cloud.

Table of Contents

Preliminary note ix
PART ONE
The death of Rosa Figueroa
3(8)
Prison cell by moonlight
11(20)
The island of seagulls
31(14)
The girl with red hair
45(10)
PART TWO (From Leonardo's notebooks)
Attempts at order
55(5)
The arrival
60(9)
Mauricio Brito
69(12)
The kidnapping of Kay
81(13)
The flor de lis
94(9)
Leap into the void
103(16)
Down to the dining room
119(11)
My grandmother's funeral
130(13)
The strange tenant
143(9)
Puerta de Alcala
152(7)
Breakdowns of the soul
159(12)
Old acquaintances
171(13)
Monica's luggage
184(15)
Attacks of vertigo
199(19)
Contact with the Quinta Blanca
218(25)
PART THREE
Plus ultra
243(6)
Visit to the tower
249(13)
Confidences
262(26)
The splinter of glass
288

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