Author(s): Enrique De Heriz
What does it really mean to be dead? This is the question that vexes Isobel because as far as the outside world is concerned she is dead. The book springs from a case of mistaken identity. Isobel, mother of three adult children and an anthropologist has officially been pronounced dead following a boat accident in a remote part of the Guatemalan jungle. But Isobel is very much alive and is hiding in a remote shack in the jungle. She isn't ready to tell the world she's still alive and she's not sure whether she ever will. The news of her own death is especially ironic because as an anthropologist, she studies death rituals.
The book won the PREMI LLIBRETERS, which is the booksellers prize. Last year the prize was won by JM Coetzee. Over 50,000 hardcovers sold in Spain alone The publishing director of Flammarion, Patrice Hoffman, bought French rights. The publisher in Germany is the ex Suhrkamp boss who managed the Zafon success. Nan Talese bought for the States Author is young and promotable - he was an editor and translator 'A proud novel, full of intertwining stories that gives an almost comforting feeling, that of the reader intoxicated by the evocative - and equivocal - power of words' El Pais 'A revindication of the lie as a necessary crutch in life' El Periodico 'A novel that is simply wonderful and one I highly recommend reading' ABC
Enrique de Heriz was born in Barcelona in 1964. In 2003 he won the UNED prize for his short story 'Deaf, but noisy'. He has worked as a translator and editor.