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Original Title: La sopa de Dios
During his convalescence in a prison infirmary, Fede Cortés, former alcoholic from a dormitory town on the outskirts of Barcelona, revisits the events that led to his current imprisonment, after being charged with several counts of murder. Although no evidence has been found against him and, indeed, his advanced age and frail constitution would make him an unlikely serial killer, he has pleaded guilty, in bizarre circumstances. Fede’s witty, pithy voice tells a stunning story, roaming back to his early years of poverty and solitude, his change of fortune, and a darkly humorous life from hanging around in a corner pub to running amok. La sopa de Dios shows how fortune and misfortune often come together and that happiness and suffering seem to be allotted in accordance with some kind of blind cosmic balance: “If I am happy, my neighbour is bound to have an excruciating toothache. This is how life works”.
Silverio Cañada Memorial Prize for the best crime novel, 2010
«Sarcastic, brilliant humour and spare, refined style».
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