La ternura del dragón

The Tenderness of the Dragon | Anagrama, 1985; Seix Barral, 2011

Miguel, a “seriously ill” adolescent, who has to stay in bed for a spell, is going to live at his grandparents’ house, and enters it as if he were entering “into a novel.”

During the initial phase, the narration builds a happy world where all the people and things that surround Miguel appear to be enshrouded in a golden haze. But at a certain moment, the blurry silhouettes at which Miguel was marvelling begin to worry him: his dreams become a nightmare and what began almost as an elegy, transforms into a mystery novel.