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Reading this playful portrait of Leo Messi reminded me how extraordinary every minute was that I spent by his side. PEP GUARDIOLA SHORTLISTED FOR THE TELEGRAPH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR In 22 short chapters, acclaimed Catalan writer Jordi Punti explores the beauty, the genius and the obsession of Lionel Messi. He takes us from the near-mythical scenery of a South American footballing youth to the glory and the struggle of a life on the international stage, capturing along the way our enduring desire to relive our experience of the beautiful game. Jordi Punti's stunning tribute to Lionel Messi will captivate football aficionados as well as fans of fine writing. Ian Sansom, Spectator This is brilliant - I've been telling everyone about this book. Simon Critchley, author of What We Think About When We Think About Football There's nobody better to write this book - which doesn't aim to explain Messi but to enjoy him... A joyous read. Simon Kuper, co-author of Soccernomics An eloquent celebration that can remind us of the thrill of a close encounter with a player whose skills have often led him to be described as 'alien'. David Horspool, Times Literary Supplement
Christof, Christophe, Christopher and Cristofol are four brothers - sons of the same father and four very different mothers, yet none of them knows of the others' existence. They live in Frankfurt, Paris, London and Barcelona and they share the fact that their father, Gabriel Delacruz - a truck driver - abandoned them when they were little. Years later, when they learn that Gabriel has been declared missing, they come together for the first time and attempt to reconstruct his life and resolve their own doubts about the past. Divided by geography yet united by blood, the Christophers set out on a quest that is at once painful, hilarious and extraordinary. They discover a man who during thirty years of driving was able to escape the darkness of Franco's Spain and to explore a luminous Europe, a journey that, with the birth of his sons, both opened and broke his heart.
Eindeutig das Lieblingsbuch unserer VertreterAls Gabriel, Mbelpacker und Lebensknstler aus Barcelona, pltzlich verschwindet, kommt eine schockierende Nachricht ans Licht: In vier verschiedenen Lndern hat er Frau und Sohn. Und alle tragen den Namen Christof. Die nunmehr erwachsenen Brder - Cristfol, Christopher, Christof und Christophe - lernen sich kennen und versuchen, dem Geheimnis ihres Vaters auf den Grund zu gehen.Gabriel, der in einem Waisenhaus aufwuchs, fhrt mit seinem Mbelwagen kreuz und quer durch Europa. Die Nchte verbringt er bei seinen jeweiligen Familien - die nichts voneinander wissen. Erst als Gabriel spurlos verschwindet und sein katalanischer Sohn Cristfol die Wohnung in Barcelona durchsucht, stt er auf die Existenz seiner drei Brder: Christopher, Christof und Christophe. Aus den Hunderten von Geschichten, die sich die vier Brder erzhlen, entsteht nach und nach das schillernde Bild eines Mannes, der auf vielen Hochzeiten tanzte. Lebt Gabriel noch, und hat er eine Erklrung fr sie parat?Ein wunderbar erzhlter Roman, fabulierend und sprhend, ber einen charmanten und liebenswerten Lebensknstler.
Christof, Christophe, Christopher and Cristofol are four brothers - sons of the same father and four very different mothers, yet none of them knows of the others' existence. They live in Frankfurt, Paris, London and Barcelona. Their father, Gabriel Delacruz - a truck driver - abandoned them when they were little and has never been heard from again. Then one day, Cristofol is contacted by the police: his father is officially a missing person. This fact leads him to discover that he has three half-brothers, and the four young men come together for the first time. Two decades have passed since their father last saw any of them. They barely remember what he was like, but they decide to look for him to resolve their doubts. Why did he abandon them? Why do all four have the same name? Did he intend for them to meet? Divided by geography yet united by blood, the Cristobales set out on a quest that is at once painful, hilarious and extraordinary. They discover a man who during thirty years of driving was able to escape the darkness of Franco's Spain and to explore a luminous Europe, a journey that, with the birth of his sons, both opened and broke his heart.