Jose Carlos Llop is the author of the novels La camara de ambar(Muchnick, 1996;finalist Prix Jean Monnet de Litteratures Europeennes 2011), El informe Stein(Muchnik, 1995 / RBA, 2008;Prix Ecureuil de litterature etrangere 2008), Hablame del tercer hombre(Muchnik, 2001 / RBA, 2011), El mensajero de Argel(Destino, 2005) andParis: suite 1940(RBA, 2007). He has also written the two books of short storiesPasaporte diplomatico(El Aleph, 1991) andLa novela del siglo(NH Award for the Best Book of Short Stories 1999, El Aleph, 1999). He has publishednine books of poetry and is the author of five volumes of diaries. His latest works areEn la ciudad sumergida(RBA, 2010), an essay on Mallorca that gotthe Special Mention by the Jury of the 2013 Prix Mediterranee Etranger, andSolsticio(RBA, 2013).
"The writing is closer to the pared-down style of such Americans as Ed McBain than to that of Giuseppe di Lampedusa. . . . the plotting is full of quiet confidence. The air of authenticity . . . is persuasive throughout the novel." Independent
"A tightly crafted novel, oozing Italian culture, it grabs the reader from the very beginning. . . . an excellent debut novel." Reviewing the Evidence
"Fans of Donna Leon will especially love Guittari's style and sense of place—and may even find that Guittari is more attentive to Florentine scenery than Leon is to the Venetian landscape."—Booklist