The House of Paper (Hardcover)

By Carlos Maria Dominguez, Nick Caistor (Translator), Peter Sis (Illustrator)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780151011476, 112pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2005



Bluma Lennon, distinguished professor of Latin American literature at Cambridge, is hit by a car while crossing the street, immersed in a volume of Emily Dickinson's poems. Several months after her untimely demise, a package arrives for her from Argentina-a copy of a Conrad novel, encrusted in cement and inscribed with a mysterious dedication. Bluma's successor in the department (and a former lover) travels to Buenos Aires to track down the sender, one Carlos Brauer, who turns out to have disappeared.
The last thing known is that he moved to a remote stretch of the Uruguayan coastline and built himself a house out of his enormous and valuable library. How he got there, and why, is the subject of this seductive novel-part mystery, part social comedy, and part examination of all the many forms of bibliomania.
Charmingly illustrated by Peter SIs, The House of Paper is a tribute to the strange and passionate relationship between people and their books.

About the Author

CARLOS MARIA DOMINGUEZ is the author of numerous novels. He is also a journalist and literary critic. He lives in Montevideo, Uruguay.

PETER SIS was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia. His many books include two Caldecott Honor winners: Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei and Tibet Through the Red Box. He lives in New York.

Praise For The House of Paper

"It comes from a territory of the imagination that is distant and dreamlike."

-Alexander McCall Smith