Waiting for Columbus

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McClelland & Stewart, 2009 - Fiction - 400 pages
Highly acclaimed Canadian novelist Thomas Trofimuk bursts onto the international literary stage with this dazzling novel, rich with all the emotional intensity of The English Patient.

In a Spanish mental institution in 2004, a man who believes he is Christopher Columbus begins to tell his story. Nurse Consuela listens, hoping to discover what tragedy drove this educated, cultured man to retreat from reality. This Columbus is not heroic: he falls in love with every woman he meets, and, on land, he has absolutely no sense of direction. More troublingly, he is convinced a terrible tragedy is coming. Yet with each tale, Consuela draws closer to this lost navigator.

Waiting for Columbus is richly imagined, cinematic, and often playful; a novel about truth, loss, love, and hope by a writer at the height of his powers.

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A mysterious inmate in a Spanish asylum believes he's Christopher Columbus—and to complicate things further, his psychiatric nurse begins to fall in love with him. Trofimuk (Doubting Yourself to the ... Read full review

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Christopher Columbus (or someone who claims to be him) is found swimming in the Straight of Gibraltar and admitted to the psychiatric unit of a Seville hospital, where he is held against his will and ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Thomas Trofimuk's first novel, The 52nd Poem, won several awards, and his second, Doubting Yourself to the Bone, was a #1 bestseller (Edmonton Journal) and a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2006. He lives in Edmonton with his wife and daughter.

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