The House of Paper

by Carlos María Domínguez, Nick Caistor, Peter Sís

Bluma Lennon, distinguished professor of Latin American literature at Cambridge, is hit by a car while crossing the street, immersed in a volume of Emily Dickinson’spoems.

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 103 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.74 out of 5
  • Published November 7th 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Original Title: La casa de papel
  • ISBN: 0151011478 (ISBN13: 9780151011476)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Characters: Bluma Lennon
  • Carlos Brauer
  • Literary Awards: Lolita Rubial
  • Literaturpreis der Jury der jungen Leser for Sonderpreis (2005)

Bluma Lennon, distinguished professor of Latin American literature at Cambridge, is hit by a car while crossing the street, immersed in a volume of Emily Dickinson’s poems. Several months after her untimely demise, a package arrives for her from Argentina-a copy of a Conrad novel, encrusted in cement and inscribed with a mysterious dedication. Bluma’s successor in the department (and a former lover) travels to Buenos Aires to track down the sender, one Carlos Brauer, who turns out to have disappeared.The last thing known is that he moved to a remote stretch of the Uruguayan coastline and built himself a house out of his enormous and valuable library. How he got there, and why, is the subject of this seductive novel-part mystery, part social comedy, and part examination of all the many forms of bibliomania.Charmingly illustrated by Peter Sís, The House of Paper is a tribute to the strange and passionate relationship between people and their books.