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Gerardo’s Letters

Elvira Navarro

Translated by Natasha Wimmer

‘The last thing I feel like doing now is going in search of the gnome.’

Elvira Navarro

Navarro, born in Huelva, published her first book, La ciudad en invierno in 2007. In 2009 she published La ciudad feliz, which won the Jaén Prize for best novel and the Tormenta Prize for best new author. She has collaborated with magazines including El Cultural, Ínsula, Turia and El Perro as well as the newspapers Público and El Pais. She teaches writing workshops and has her own blog (www.elviranavarro.wordpress.com), as well as Periferia (www.madridesperiferia.blogspot.com), a work in progress about the neighbourhoods of Madrid that explores peripheral and undefined spaces through writing. ‘Gerardo’s Letters’ is an excerpt from her novel in progress.

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Translated by Natasha Wimmer

Natasha Wimmer translates from the Spanish. Her translations include Roberto Bolaño’s 2666, The Savage DetectivesAntwerp and Between Parentheses and Mario Vargas Llosa’s The Way to ParadiseThe Language of Passion and Letters to a Young Novelist. She is currently translating a collection of Bolaño’s essays and will translate his novel The Third Reich

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