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Isabel Alba

The Window

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Acantilado

March 2022

128 pages

Novel

Original Title: La ventana

The main character of this story, an unemployed illustrator in her thirties, looks out onto the world from the window of the tiny council flat in which she lives. Trying to ease the loneliness and anxiety that have assailed her since the outbreak of a deadly pandemic, she pours out into a notebook a kind of collage of her intimate thoughts as she warily contemplates how, after months of confinement, the streets are once again pulsing with a zest she doesn’t share. Her pain is still very present. With the bewitching magnetism of a dream this poetic voice re-creates two quivering worlds separated by the window.

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“With Isabel Alba writing isn’t content with just being. It moves, slips along with the events it recounts, and leaves in our eyes and memory an unsuspected happiness, irremediable bitterness, and doom from which there is no way back.”
Ernesto Ayala-Dip, Babelia

“This is a writer who speaks with formal exigency about serious matters. Alba has the artistic insight that can turn them into the stark material on which to build a metaphor.”
Santos Sanz Villanueva, Revista Mercurio

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