Gonzalo Eltesch* (Valparaíso, 1981) holds a degree in Literature and a diploma in Publishing from the Diego Portales University. Gonzalo works as a publisher at Penguin Random House Chile. His debut novel is Personal Collection (Colección particular, Laurel Libros). *Represented in collaboration with Laurel.
Personal Collection (Colección particular)
Laurel / 136 pages
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Pepitas de calabaza (Spanish, Spain and México)
A pinochetist – and Nerudian – antiquarian that refuses to sell his collection, his wife that maybe loved him, their child who tells everything. A child friend of old people, the discomfort of adolescence, Valparaiso refusing to become a tourist postcard, a man who only speaks with his friend while she sleeps. That is Personal Collection, in which fragments of life are the foundations of a – sometimes real, sometimes imagined – betrayal.
Eltesch writes about the functioning of the memory in the same way that the antiquarian collects objects – trying to keep them save from the world and time–, Eltesch of course fails and what remains is this novel that sometimes seems like an exorcism but also shows a fade – and perhaps – unknown beauty that come from devastation and grief. – Álvaro Bisama
“A real pleasure” – Marco Antonio de la Parra, la Segunda