Author(s): Jordi Punti
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Christof, Christophe, Christopher and Cristofol are four brothers - sons of the same father and four very different mothers, yet none of them knows of the others' existence. They live in Frankfurt, Paris, London and Barcelona and they share the fact that their father, Gabriel Delacruz - a truck driver - abandoned them when they were little. Years later, when they learn that Gabriel has been declared missing, they come together for the first time and attempt to reconstruct his life and resolve their own doubts about the past. Divided by geography yet united by blood, the Christophers set out on a quest that is at once painful, hilarious and extraordinary. They discover a man who during thirty years of driving was able to escape the darkness of Franco's Spain and to explore a luminous Europe, a journey that, with the birth of his sons, both opened and broke his heart.
"An ingenious creation... alert to the sheer untidiness of life." --Colm Toibin "Inventive, absorbing and beautifully written." --Daily Mail "An outstanding read." --Daily Express "An astonishing literary artefact. Marvellous." --El Mundo "An utterly absorbing tale of family, friendship, love and loss" --Easy Living "Punti is a sprightly writer, delighting in taking us down byways and through backwaters as the novel circles Gabriel's disappearance." - Financial Times "More than once it feels as though you could be in a Barcelona bar, listening to a friend indulge in a series of Rioja-fuelled anecdotes" - The Times "It's the combination of straight-down-the-line storytelling with Jordi's ingenious inflections in the language and structure that make Lost Luggage feel so rebellious." --Dazed&Confused
Jordi Punti was born near Barcelona, Spain in 1967 and is a writer, translator and a regular contributor to the Spanish and Catalan press. Considered one of the most promising new voices of contemporary Catalan literature, in 1998 he published his first book of short stories, Pell d'armadillo which won the Serra d'Or Critics' Prize. Lost Luggage is his first novel.