Giuseppe Caputo

Giuseppe Caputo (Barranquilla, Colombia, 1982) has written the novels An orphan world (Un mundo huérfano) which will be published in Colombia in 2016 by Literatura Random House, and A man goes away (Se va un hombre, still unpublished). Giuseppe is also author of book of poems Garden of meat (Jardín de carne) and The man cage and Jesus’ nativities (El hombre jaula y Los nacimientos de Jesús). Giuseppe is a MFA from the New York University and The University of Iowa where he also specialized in queer and gender studies. He is a contributor of Arcadia magazine and El Tiempo newspaper and currently works as Cultural Program Director of the Bogotá International Book Fair (FILBo).


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An Orphan World (Un mundo huérfano)

Literatura Random House Colombia, Spain, Chile & México

220 pages

Rights acquired by:

Literatura Random House (World Spanish)

Charco Press (World English)

* English sample translation available *

“Giuseppe Caputo has rewritten Colombian violence. Original from beginning to end, An Orphan World starts from the known and raises it to a dazzling and rarefied strata of consciousness […] Read An Orphan World, its the birth of a great author.” – Laura Restrepo, author of Delirium (Alfaguara Prize), Vintage

An Orphan World is a break-up, provocative novel both in the process of narrative matter and in its precise and forceful use of the language. A deep sediment of sadness lie behind novel´s fuss as well as a feeling of abandonment and vulnerability in a land consumed by the forces of death. Caputo treats his characters with sympathy and even tenderness. Readers will be moved by this novel.” – Horacio Castellanos Moya, author of Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador, New Directions

“[An] electric, eccentric novel, full of surprises… The originality of Giuseppe´s story and the integrity of his insight will throw the reader: it completely blew me away.” – Carolina Sanín, author of The Children, forthcoming MacLehose Press

“I just finished reading An Orphan World and recommend that you to do the same with eagerness.” – Emiliano Monge, author of The Devastated Lands, forthcoming Scribe

An Orphan World is a novel about breaking desires, about wishing to fail of two superb characters in their vulnerability and tenderness who give shape to the most radical break. Caputo is here to stay. And the Caribbean and eccentric influences of his novel are essential for the Colombian literature: From Reinaldo Arenas to Virgilio Piñera, Mario Bellatin and Marosa di Giorgio.” – Juan Cárdenas, author of The Strata, Periférica

“I started reading An Orphan World yesterday late afternoon and finished it during early morning: I am still very touched, shocked and dazzled for such literary discovery. Giuseppe Caputo creates a novel that dynamites the habitual and confortable ways on literature and build a literary piece carefully beauty and original. Chapeu.” – Margarita García Robayo, author of It Could Be Worse (Casa las Américas prize, 2014), Seix Barral

An Orphan World is a great deep and complex novel that embraces the reader in tenderness and pathos of its characters as phantasmagorical as real, in surprising ways of their countless solitudes and in the magnificence of the filial love. The reader is grateful that so much beauty has been published.” – Marianne Pondsford, director of CERLALC (Regional Center for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and Caribbean)

An Orphan World is the novel of the year. And the novel of hope about other stories that will come up from such a fertile and beautiful mind.” – Arcadia magazine 

“Giuseppe Caputo stick his chest out into the new Colombian writers scene.” – El Heraldo newspaper


With a setting reminiscent of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, and characters as deliciously ambiguous, vivid and caterory-defying as Angela Carter’s Fevvers (Nights at the Circus), An Orphan World is a visionary novel about sexual orientation, loneliness and love, set in a world of both prejudice and order, and dazzling, chaotic liberation.                                    Sophie Hughes, translator

A father and a son try to survive poverty. They live in a dark neighborhood without streetlights lanterns, near to the sea. Sometimes they find in the beach implausible gifts that waves offer them: clocks, frying pans, a sofa. While they think up a way of getting food and money, one more raved and hilarious that the previous one, a brutal episode of violence in the neighborhood take them to face their way of life.

 An orphan world is a tribute to the night and stars. It happens by night. Celebrates night and everything that interrupts the darkness: Lights and sequins that illuminate the dance in a discotheque, a sauna mirrors, the radiance of an amusement park, the drawings that the father does in the walls of the house as decoration.

This novel is about poverty but also of a resourceful people facing poverty. At the same time, it is a reflection about the body as a space of pleasure and violence. Above all else, An orphan world is a love letter by a father and a son involved in adversity circumstances against radical loneliness.