Bilbao and the secret of books

Alfonso del Río’s latest novel, published by Destino, tells the story of a businessman and writer named Gabriel de la Sota, who has left a hidden enigma in a posthumous work. The action takes place between Bilbao and Oxford and there appear JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. EL CORREO offers exclusively one of its first chapters

illustration: tomás ondarra

First part
The writer

Envy is a thousand times more terrible than hunger, because it is … spiritual hunger.

– They will hate us for what we say and for what we do not say, Don Miguel. People look for causes to fight for. The difficult thing is to choose causes in which you do not have to fight against other people.

(MIGUEL DE UNAMUNO AND GABRIEL DE LA SOTA)

Vizcaya, June 1933

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