See How Much I Love You

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“Wholly entertaining . . . a novel that hooks you in from the first line. An original and dramatic love story set in an innovative context.”—Mario Vargas Llosa

“With vivid imagery of desperate village life and keen insight into multicultural influences, Leante’s rich, often poetic novel of romance and international politics evokes a sensuous yet savage period in this region’s tumultuous history.”—Booklist

A huge bestseller in Spain, See How ...

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Overview

“Wholly entertaining . . . a novel that hooks you in from the first line. An original and dramatic love story set in an innovative context.”—Mario Vargas Llosa

“With vivid imagery of desperate village life and keen insight into multicultural influences, Leante’s rich, often poetic novel of romance and international politics evokes a sensuous yet savage period in this region’s tumultuous history.”—Booklist

A huge bestseller in Spain, See How Much I Love You won the 2007 Alfaguara Prize.

An epic love story: Montse and Santiago meet as teenagers in 1970s Barcelona, a poor boy and a middle-class girl ready for seduction. After they break up, Santiago flees to the western Sahara. Years later, Montse braves war and personal danger to find him.

Luis Leante is a professor of classics at the University of Murcia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714531540
  • Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,461,738
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Luis Leante is a professor of classics at the University of Murcia in Spain. He has written plays, poetry, essays, film scripts and over a dozen novels, winning numerous literary awards. Mira Si Yo Te Querré (See How Much I Love You) was inspired by a 2005 humanitarian trip to the Western Sahara. In 2007 it won the Alfaguara prize Born in Argentina in 1983, educated bilingually at school, and later completed a degree in Comparative Literature at the University of Buenos Aires. After a spell as a researcher for its English Department, he turned to literary journalism and started contributing essays, reviews and interviews to Argentine broadsheets, mostly on Spanish, French and Anglo-American literature.

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

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    The story line focuses on the little heard about plight of the Saharawi in western Morocco

    In Barcelona, teenagers Santiago and Montse meet and fall in love. However, he comes from a poor background while she is educated middle class. Although she is pregnant, they break up leading to a depressed Santiago leaving Spain for the Western Sahara where Spain's only African colony is located. By 1975 with Spain gone, war breaks out between Morocco and the Saharawi. Montse learns her beloved is dead.

    However, three decades later a divorced doctor, Montse finds a picture of Santiago carried by a patient. She learns he lives and lost his spouse and child just like her. She realizes she never forgotten the love of her life. Deciding to find him, she treks to what was once Spanish Morocco in search of her Santiago. She thinks she knows the danger, but the Western Sahara remains dangerous especially the Saharawi refugee camps where he is escorting a family. Still she continues her quest for love.

    Although there is a bittersweet romantic connection, the story line focuses on the little heard about plight of the Saharawi in western Morocco. The story line starts slow but takes off at the first reference to Santiago in Africa though the plot moves back and forth in time. Complicated, Luis Leante provides a profound look at Western Sahara where another people has been negatively impacted by imperialism, but ultimately devastated from neighbors within Africa.

    Harriet Klausner

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