Invisible Mending: A Novel

Author(s) : Guillermo Julio Montero

Invisible Mending: A Novel

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Is it possible to “mend” torn lives? What role does silence play in concealing our anguish? What mysterious paths lead two unknown people to come across each other? Why does the word “always” become so emblematic? These are only some of the questions that Invisible Mending tries to answer.

Without being aware of it, although pushed by an ineffable drive that possesses them, Vera and Victor are faced with the challenge of what it really means to be alive, but to accept the dare, they must first come to terms with some key issues of their past. Their destinies become mysteriously intertwined, despite the rain, the lightning and the obstinate mediocrity of a stale environment. Their neighbours have long given up their reasons for living, having hidden themselves years ago behind the anonymity of meaningless existences. Nevertheless, Vera and Victor are keen to avoid this destiny, bravely defying their own phantoms - as well as the entire town. Will they succeed and recover their future? To find out, we must read this enigmatic novel, set in the exotic background of Esperanza Station.

This is the first English edition of Zurcido Invisible, written by Guillermo Julio Montero, novelist as well as psychoanalyst, who was awarded the Honorary Prize of the International Literary Contest Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. The novel was first published in Spanish in Mexico.

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Invisible Mending by Guillermo Montero is in that category of great novels that know how to move us, refocusing the way we look at ourselves. He is able to narrate in impeccable language an incident, the story of The Violet House, where Vera and Victor will meet in a remote town, with its before and after. Mending involves repairing a piece of broken cloth; when this traceless task is completed, the mystery of Esperanza Station will open up, changing the protagonists forever. After reading Invisible Mending, something similar will happen to us: we won’t be the same.'
- Liliana Díaz Mindurry, author of Summertime, Lo indecible, and 1998 winner of the Planeta Novel Prize for Pequeña música nocturna

‘This is a marvellous novel. How well Montero manages his trade, suspending the tale at a culminating moment when the two protagonists meet at The Violet House, giving the story a kaleidoscopic turn that takes us to another time told by other voices in the narrative. The dialogues are magnificent, the writing mature, as well as the tone, the narrative rhythm, the handling of the plot and the creation of atmosphere. It is a pleasure to find a novel like this at an age when, as Verlaine said when he was fifty, the flesh is sad and all the books have already been read.’
- Luis Landero, author of Caballeros de Fortuna, El Guitarrista, and 1990 winner of the Spain National Novel Prize for Juegos de la edad tardía

About the Author(s)

Guillermo Julio Montero Psy.D. is a clinical, training and supervising psychoanalyst as well as a Magister in Psychoanalysis. He is a full member of the International Psychoanalytical Association, and of the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association. He also teaches at the Institute of Psychoanalysis and co-coordinates the Study Group: Metapsychology of Midlife. He is the President of Fundación Travesía (Psychoanalysis for Midlife Transition and Crisis). He is the author of La travesía por la mitad de la vida: exégesis psicoanalítica, as well as the co-author of the books Para comprender la mediana edad: historias de vida and Mediana edad: estudios psicoanalíticos, and the author of numerous papers delivered at different national and international psychoanalytic congresses, several of them published at psychoanalytic magazines in Brazil, USA, Spain and Korea.

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