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Rafael Courtoisie
The Middle of the Sky

(El ombligo del cielo)

Literary Fiction

  • Published: 01/04/2014
  • 192 pages

El ombligo del cielo is a novel that takes place in La Calera, a small, legendary city in the middle of Chile. The book’s magical universe tells the story of various characters who are both real and imaginary: Vicente Huidobro, Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Nicanor Parra, Gonzalo Millán, the ghost of Roberto Bolaño, the dictator Pinochet, the transvestite La Mary, the Fortune-telling Murderer, Yuyo, the resurrector. They all meet up in a search to uncover the extraordinary secret lurking at the deepest, darkest heart of Chile.

About the author

Rafael Courtoisie is a novelist, poet and essayist. He has received the Loewe Foundation Poetry Award, the Plural Prize (Mexico), the International Jaime Sabines Prize (Mexico), the Blas de Otero Award (Spain) and the Uruguayan Ministry of Culture’s Poetry and Prose Awards, among others. He is the author of the novels Vida de perro, Tajos and Caras extrañas —the last two translated into Italian—, Santo remedio —translated into French—, the story collection El Mar Rojo —translated into English— and the book of essays Vida y milagros.