Sabía leer el cielo
This unclassifiable and beautiful book narrates the experience of Irish emigrants in England in the second half of the 20th century. An exodus that has never before been described with such lyricism as in this novel. Evocative in both words and images, it tells the story of a man’s journey from the west of Ireland to the camps, to the boxing huts, to the works of England. Until, later, at the end of the century he finds himself alone, with his memories and struggles to find meaning in a life of remoteness, loss and loneliness.
Very successful, since its appearance – as witnessed by the filmI Could Read The Sky, or Mark Knopfler’s song Mighty Man, both based on the book – this is the first time it has been published in Spanish, with translation by Enrique Alda and prologue by John Berger.