The Scale of Maps

The Scale of Maps
Translated by Mark Schafer


Sergio Prim is a staid and solitary middle-aged man who finds himself suddenly in love. A geographer by trade, but with a broken radar when it comes to navigating human relationships, he is thrown into a psychological crisis by the romantic advances of Brezo Varela, a lively young woman who shares his profession. Haunted by a series of hallucinations in which he's relentlessly pursued by a cynical, vampire-like seductress whose promises of pleasure fill him with horror, Prim attempts to seek refuge by immersing himself in an obsessive metaphysical quest: he determines that he must map the way to a place in which love never results in disillusionment. The Scale of Maps is the story of Prim's struggle to choose between living in the external world that his lover inhabits or continuing to hide in the "hollows" of his inner world; an intimate and mercilessly revealing examination of a meager and fearful life challenged by desire.


"A fable of love-laid-waste, an almost scientific story of the anguish of existence, a profoundly and deliberately distorted image of perverse reality, its space and time, a tragedy replete with tenderness and humor."
—ABC literario

“Gopegui is one of our most outstanding young names [in Spanish literature].”
—El País

Title The Scale of Maps
Translated by Mark Schafer
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Title First Published 15 January 2011
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 176 p.
ISBN-10 087286510X
ISBN-13 9780872865105
Publication Date 15 January 2011
Main content page count 176
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $14.95
 


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