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Santiago Gamboa

Santiago Gamboa was born in Bogotá, Colombia. His debut novel, Páginas de vuelta (1995), established him as one of the most innovative voices in Colombian literature. He has since published seven novels and two collections of short stories. His journalism appears regularly in El Tiempo (Colombia) and Cromos, and he is a regular contributor to Radio France International. Previously Colombia’s cultural attaché in New Delhi, he has lived in Rome and Paris, and currently lives in Calí, Colombia.    

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  • “I am in love with Night Prayers by Santiago Gamboa. I think Gamboa is one of the greatest writers of our time [...]The writing is exceptional, and the plot will leave you guessing till the very end."—Patricia Engel, author of The Veins of the Ocean
    — Miami Herald, Apr 29 2016
  • "Brilliantly translated, NIGHT PRAYERS is an incredible reading experience with a pounding heart and wisdom to boot."
    — Brazos Bookstore, Mar 15 2016
  • "Recognized as one of the most exciting young novelists in Latin America, Santiago Gamboa of Colombia has written a novel which defies easy labeling."
    — Seeing the World Through Books, Mar 7 2016
  • "Gamboa's storytelling impresses... Night Prayers is consistently enjoyable, a good, well-paced read, chapter by chapter and place to place..."
    — The Complete Review, Mar 3 2016
  • NECROPOLIS is a strange and wonderful novel. Colombian author Santiago Gamboa sets the stage as he has an author, who is not named, invited to the International Congress of Biography and Memory. Gamboa puts into motion the cast of characters in a hotel in Jerusalem, just...
    — Dec 13 2012
  • Lured by both the book’s title and an image of a hotel hallway, luxurious and empty, I entered the graveyard frame story of Santiago Gamboa’s newest novel, Necropolis. The Colombian author composes a polyphonic narrative from an unnamed author invited to the International...
    — Dec 11 2012
  • Memory, meaning and mortality This ambitious literary work centers around a mysterious death at a conference in Jerusalem, but frequently embarks on side trips that reveal the lives of a porn star and a cult founder, among other lecturers at the event. With “Necropolis,”...
    — Nov 9 2012
  • In this novel the Colombian writer Santiago Gamboa takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride, criss-crossing from the Americas to Italy to Israel and pulling the reader along at such a pace that there is hardly time to draw breath. In the company of a lesser writer the reader...
    — Sep 1 2012
  • “These fateful years that it has befallen us to live through would be more suitable for seclusion and solitude, [but] the intellect must continue its work in the midst of the most horrifying circumstances, it’s always been that way, and today more than ever, when...
    — Jul 14 2012
  • The International Conference on Biography and Memory is being held in Jerusalem, and our nameless hero, "a working writer," is honored to be invited after a hiatus from writing due to illness. When he arrives, he is shocked to find the city torn apart by war: "Facing us was...
    — Jul 10 2012
  • Santiago Gamboa's Necropolis is a hefty, Decameron-like opus, a story-within-story-within-story set in war-torn Jerusalem, told by an unnamed 40ish narrator who, like Gamboa, is a Colombian novelist living in Rome. Receiving a letter inviting him to the International Conference...
    — Jun 15 2012