Summary of the book
The protagonist of Antonio Muñoz Molina book, Tus pasos en la escalera, knows what waiting is. Recently settled in a quiet neighbourhood in Lisbon, he looks forward to the arrival of his wife, Cecilia, who is busy organising the transfer of his scientific project from New York. Cecilia is working on a study of the neural mechanisms that govern memory and fear. The Pentagon is funding this project, the main objective of which is to find out whether atrocious memories can be suppressed from the memory of soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Explanation of “Tus pasos en la escalera”
The protagonists of Tus pasos en la escalera intend to start a new stage in Lisbon. They want to leave New York behind because, after the tragic events of 9/11, they no longer feel that city as a safe home.
Hour after hour, day after day, the protagonist looks forward to the arrival of a taxi and those steps on the stairs that will anticipate the arrival of his beloved Cecilia. As he waits, he reflects on his past, on the life they have built together and the life that awaits them in the future. But memory and fear continually return to the protagonist’s mind. The days go by and Cecilia does not arrive.
Progressively, the reader will see that this seemingly love story, this idea of the perfect marriage built by the protagonist, has cracks. And these cracks can become so big as to shake what he has been telling so carefully about his life.
Those steps on the stairs are the ones we want to hear when we are waiting for someone, but sometimes that waiting is irremediably associated with fear and obsession.
why read the book “Tus pasos en la escalera”?
Tus pasos en la escalera is the story of a wait. But it is also a novel that deals with current issues such as climate change, which is mentioned on numerous occasions. It also deals with events that are less topical but which will unfortunately live on in our memory, such as the attack of 11 September 2001. Memory, which sometimes makes us appear to be what we are not, and the fear that will inevitably accompany us at some point in our lives are elements with which Antonio Muñoz Molina weaves a magnificent plot that will capture the reader from the very first lines.
The author Antonio Muñoz Molina
- Antonio Muñoz Molina (Jaén, 1956) has been a member of the Spanish Royal Academy since 1995.
- He has received, among others, the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, the National Literature Prize on two occasions, the Critics’ Prize, the Planeta Prize, the Libertad Prize, the Jean Monnet Prize for European Literature, the Jerusalem Prize and the Qué Leer Prize, awarded by readers.
- His work includes El invierno en Lisboa ( Seix Barral, 1987, 1999 and 2014), Beltenebros ( Seix Barral, 1989 and 1999), El jinete polaco ( 1991, Seix Barral, 2002 and 2016), Los misterios de Madrid ( Seix Barral, 1992 and 1999), El dueño del secreto ( 1994), Ardor guerrero (1995), Plenilunio ( 1997, Seix Barral, 2013), Carlota Fainberg (2000), En ausencia de Blanca ( 2001), Ventanas de Manhattan ( Seix Barral, 2004), El viento de la luna (Seix Barral, 2006), Sefarad (2001, Seix Barral, 2009), La noche de los tiempos ( Seix Barral, 2009), Como la sombra que se va (Seix Barral, 2014), Un andar solitario entre la gente(Seix Barral, 2018).
- Editorial Seix Barral.
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