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Santiago Gamboa “Colombiage” anniversary

This broadcasting platform of the Colombian art scene celebrates it’s fifth anniversary with the presence of the famous writer. The event will take place on the 25th October.

To feel alive, the writer Santiago Gamboa (Bogota, 1965) travels and reads. From these experiences, which have made him reinvent his existence, he also extracts the essence and inspiration for his books and literary style.

In his own words, “travelling is a way of bringing me closer to creation; of delving into that mystery”.

Gamboa emigrated from his country at just 19 years old. His first stop was Madrid, where he studied Hispanic Philology at the Complutense University.

Later, he moved to Paris where he studied Cuban Philology in the Sorbonne, and he then travelled to New Delhi, to the Colombian consul. Rome was also one of his many cities of residence.

The author forms part of the so-called Nueva Narrativa Colombiana – or ‘New Columbian Narrative’ – a stream of authors who have focused on redefining the country’s literature through the so-called ‘Boom’ of Colombian literature, that came with magic realism and the Nobel Prize for Literature being awarded to Gabriel García Márquez in 1982.

Together with Gamboa, authors such as Héctor Joaquín Abad Faciolince, Mario Mendoza and Juan Gabriel Vásquez make up this literary group, also named “McOndo”. Critics have grouped these writers together due to their eagerness to renovate Latin-American literature, to move away from magic realism and from the regional stereotypes, and liberate it of the pre-existing thematic spectrum.

Gamboa’s first novel, “Paginas de vuelta” (1997), was considered by Columbian critics a break away from the usual paths which had dominated the country’s literature up to that moment.

His next work, “Perder es cuestión de método” (1997), was translated into 15 languages. Afterwards came books like, “Tragedia del hombre que amaba en los aeropuertos”, “Cuentos apátridas” and “Vida feliz de un joven llamado Esteban”- some of which inspired film adaptations.

His work, “Necropolis” (2009) was his first novel to be translated into English, and to mark its presentation, the author will be present at the celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Colombiage collective.

This novel was awarded the literary prize “La otra orilla”. The piece, which was greatly inspired by the history of literature like “Las mil y una noches” (Arabian Nights) and “El conde de Montecristo” (The Count of Monte Cristo), was highly deserving of the award due to the “magnificent use of language and the difficulty involved in giving life to so many different voices, making them both believable and differentiable”, as noted by critics.

Fifth Anniversary

Gamboa will be present at the fifth anniversary of Colombiage, a platform that has become one of the forerunners in the promotion of contemporary Colombian art scene since its creation in 2007.

The group, “which was born from the necessity to show the many different faces of Colombia through its vibrant art scene” will celebrate this autumn the anniversary of a trajectory of success in the UK.

Colombiage has reported on and publicized the works from a leading art scene, born of the Latin-American country.

The event will take place on the 25th October at 7:30pm at Piano House, 9 Brighton Terrace, London, SW9 8DJ.

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(Translated by Eleanor Gooch – Email:

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