Waiting for Columbus

Waiting for Columbus


By (author) Thomas Trofimuk

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  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 202mm x 20mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 5 October 2010
  • ISBN 10: 0307456196
  • ISBN 13: 9780307456199
  • Sales rank: 655,991

Product description

On a beautiful April morning, a man is brought to an insane asylum in contemporary Spain, claiming to be the legendary navigator Christopher Columbus. Found in the treacherous Straight of Gibraltar, he is clearly delusional and has suffered a trauma so severe that he has turned away from reality. As he spins the tall tales of adventure and romance of someone who existed in the late fifteenth century, the lonely Nurse Consuela can't help but be enchanted by his spirit. Who is Columbus? Where did he come from? This dazzling story about one man's painstaking search for truth and loyalty will haunt the reader long after the final page.

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Author information

Thomas Trofimuk is a writer, editor, and communications consultant. His poetry and short fiction have been widely published in Canada to critical acclaim. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with his wife and daughter.

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“One of those rare gems. . . . Trofimuk’s novel throws you for a loop, pulls you back, twists you around and opens your eyes to the world not just as it was, but as we find it.” —"The Globe and Mail"   “Riveting. . . . Provides an insightful glimpse into how we cope with untenable loss with a smart, immensely satisfying plot.” —"The Tucson Citizen " “A memorable, unique tale of grief and how a shattered man can attempt to plummet over the edge of the Earth, only to find that a lifeline made of hope still tethers him to reality. "Waiting for Columbus" is a captivating discovery.” —"Las Vegas Review-Journal " " " “Like Scheherazade, [Columbus] captures the reader’s heart—and the lonely Consuela’s—with the gradual unfolding of his alter ego’s efforts to get the necessary backing to sail across the vast unknown. . . . Stunning.” —"The Free Lance-Star "