Author(s): Jordi Punti
Christof, Christophe, Christopher and Cristofol are four brothers - sons of the same father and four very different mothers, yet none of them knows of the others' existence. They live in Frankfurt, Paris, London and Barcelona. Their father, Gabriel Delacruz - a truck driver - abandoned them when they were little and has never been heard from again. Then one day, Cristofol is contacted by the police: his father is officially a missing person. This fact leads him to discover that he has three half-brothers, and the four young men come together for the first time. Two decades have passed since their father last saw any of them. They barely remember what he was like, but they decide to look for him to resolve their doubts. Why did he abandon them? Why do all four have the same name? Did he intend for them to meet? Divided by geography yet united by blood, the "Cristobales" set out on a quest that is at once painful, hilarious and extraordinary. They discover a man who during thirty years of driving was able to escape the darkness of Franco's Spain and to explore a luminous Europe, a journey that, with the birth of his sons, both opened and broke his heart.
A book as extraordinary as it is memorable. Jordi Punti already belongs to the noble tradition of the great storytellers . --David Moran, Rock de Lux A conjuring trick. Incomparible literature --El Pais Lost Luggage is an astonishing literary artefact. Marvellous. --El Mundo The best contemporary prose available --El Periodico Pure life, intense and passionate. A thorough and precise creation, very near perfection - one can only surrender to the utter force of the story --Que Leer
Jordi Punti was born near Barcelona, Spain in 1967 and is a writer, translator and a regular contributor to the Spanish and Catalan press. Punti is considered one of the most promising new voices of contemporary Catalan literature. In 1998 he published his first book of short stories, Pell d'armadillo (Proa, 1998) which won the Serra d'Or Critics' Prize. Lost Luggage is his first novel.