Daniel Saldaña París’ latest novel,
EL BAILE Y EL INCENDIO,
Finalist in the 39th Premio Herralde de Novela
EL BAILE Y EL INCENDIO is an extraordinary literary piece deeply connected to our zeitgeist. In a doomed city, surrounded by fires and covered in ashes, the paths of three estranged friends cross again after many years apart. Natalia, Erre, and Conejo's friendship triangle dissolved in their teens but their bond never completely faded away. They all remember each other's dreams, aspirations, and desires, which means they know how they all have failed. Each of them will recount the days in which Natalia is creating a ground-breaking choreography that will shake Cuernavaca's cultural establishment; Erre embraces denial with a new mind-blowing drug for his crippling pain and Conejo continues feasting on the conspiracy theories of what happens in the city. And once again they perform their unique dance, a choreography of paths that never meet.
Their present lives and past recollections, their desperate search for a way out of themselves but not of the flames, portray the transition from youth to adulthood. EL BAILE Y EL INCENDIO confirms Daniel Saldaña París’ literary talent and originality, his ability to ascertain the most obscure aspects of human nature with his trademark humor and unpretentious erudition.