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Gabriela Ybarra
The Diner

(El comensal)

Literary Fiction

  • Published: 03/09/2015
  • ISBN: 9788415451556
  • 176 pages

In this autobiographical novel, Gabriela Ybarra tries to understand her relationship to death and family through the analysis of her grandfather’s 1977 murder at the hands of the armed group ETA, and her mother’s death from cancer in 2011. El comensal describes a historical conflict from a personal outlook, without taking the frequent role of the victim. The author acknowledges the importance of making death visible in order to accept it. El comensal deals with conflicts, symbols, traumas and inherited enemies. It does not attempt to theorize on terrorism, but rather to analyze the impact of death and violence in the author’s family microcosm.

About the author

Gabriela Ybarra holds a degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Pontificia in Comillas, and a Masters in Marketing from New York University, where she lived for three years. She currently lives in Madrid, where she works analyzing social networks and making market studies. El comensal is her first novel.

Rights sold

  • Spain: Tornasol / Enbabia
  • UK & US: Harvill Secker