Use LAHOZ

El año en que me enamoré de todas

Espasa, abril 2013

Translations

Países Bajos, Karakter; Italia, Sperling; Portugal, Vogais

Awards

-PREMIO PRIMAVERA DE NOVELA 2013

Press

«Another display of Lahoz’s talent for portraying family sagas. A splendid book.» Ernesto Agudo, ABC

“A literary tour-de-force.” Jordi Torrens, El Punt

"The best of Lahoz’s writing: his unmistakable prose in the Fournier family saga and the originality of Sylvain’s Madrid story. Two voices and two plots seamlessly woven together.» Culturamas

“Lahoz’s simple and efficient style helps us to make peace with the world (...) a novel about our time and the hope that the present provides.” Tomás Val, Mercurio

“A wonderful and romantic book full of fascinating and fantastic stories. Stories that renew our excitement and hope in the way the unexpected transforms us and guides us on our way.” Mónica Jurado, Crónicas Literarias  

“The novel does not fall into the trap of simply rattling off a list of anecdotes and parties. Lahoz’s characters are kind, good-hearted, timid, down-to-earth and somewhat innocent. Literary craftsmanship.” Àlex Tort, La Vanguardia.

“A book that pays tribute to life, love, friendship and literature.” La Razón 

“A bracing, intimate tale of love, travel and the youth of today.” J.M.Plaza, El Mundo 

“Use Lahoz is one of the picks of our current crop of young writers.” Manuel de la Fuente, ABC.

“A radiant book, a love story peopled with feisty, brave characters who forge on in the face of adversity.” Susana Gaviña, ABC

“A valuable snapshot of the Madrid of post-university apartments and the precarious life of todays’ Spain that goes to make up a work that speaks to all generations.” J.M. Pozuelo Yvancos, El Mundo

“The Year I Fell For Them All is an homage to literature, a romantic tale that celebrates life, love, friendship and reading. (…) One of the most daring novels, in terms of its modern approach, toolkit and techniques, to come out of Spain’s current literary scene.” Delia Rodríguez, The Huffington Post

Synopsis

(The Year I Fell for Them All) Sylvain Saury, a young Parisian is hitting thirties and, suffering from what we can call a severe case of Peter Pan syndrome, refuses to step into adulthood. Although he has many virtues —he is insightful, friendly and well versed in many languages—he is also terribly flawed: he’s unable to move on when it comes to love, he’s always getting into other people’s business and the idea of growing up scares him to death. This last shortcoming leads him to accept a low-paying job in Madrid: he’d rather live from day to day away from home than face the inevitable. The fact that Heike Kruger, the German ex-girlfriend that he has not managed to forget, lives in Madrid has also contributed to his move. As he settles in to his new home, Sylvain draws up a plan to win back Heike’s love. The unexpected discovery of a manuscript opens a window into the past, and a delightful and exciting story, full of strange coincidences, unfolds before his eyes. This story will completely change his view of the world and will help him realize that his dear friend Michel Tatin was right all along: "One has to use one’s heart”.

A novel about the trials and tribulations of relationships, especially long-distance ones, but it’s also an ode to the beauty of life, love, and friendship. In essence, it’s a wonderful romantic comedy filled with delightful characters that will help us reconcile with life and will make us believe that anything is possible.

(Spain, Espasa)