Laura Gamazo, the daughter of a successful businessman, is poisoned to death on her wedding day in Madrid. Her father, Perico Gamazo, turns to his old protégé, Antonio Menéndez Vigil, a retired intelligence agent, to help Detective Carlos Clot solve the murder case with utmost discretion. Laura was the last descendant of a powerful family line and the murder weapon, a poisoned host, is significant due to the business relationship between her father and the Catholic church, but not only. Vigil knows the story behind the Gamazo’s family fortune, and it is inevitable, therefore, for him to go into the emblematic saga of twentieth century Spain. The police investigation reveals interests and guilt, past sins and impossible purities, while it exposes a dystopian Madrid, flooded but sailable, during the 2008 World Cup. It is a city where new tribes and religions proliferate for whom everything is not forgiven. A complex novel that, with great humor, reinterprets the recent history of Spain from a perspective that is totally new to Spanish literature.
Rafael Reig was born in Cangas de Onís (Asturias, Spain) in 1963. He spent his childhood in Colombia and studied Philosophy and Literature at Madrid’s Autonoma University. He gave literature classes in New York, where he received his doctorate, and in several American universities. He currently teaches at the school of literary creation Hotel Kafka and is a contributor to several publications, both digital and on paper. From among his novels, Sangre a borbotones (Blood on the Saddle, 2002) was awarded the Critics’ Prize in Asturias and was chosen by the Lara Foundation as one of the five best novels written in Spanish in 2002.
Praise for Todo está perdonado:
“In Todo está perdonado there is the shadiest Marsé, the firmest Mendoza, the most intelligent Vázquez Montalbán, complete dialogues from Chandler or Hammet, corrupt policemen, rich kids playing the left-wing and the revolution, terrorists, workmen, mercenaries, odd assassinations and a lot of football.”
J.J. Armas Marcelo, ABC Cultural
“Reig is an imaginative and extremely brilliant writer, capable of presenting new and unexpected angles to the already known.” Ricardo Senabre, El Cultural de El Mundo