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A solitary translator arrives at Brussels and meets a Swedish translator. She is willing to leave him her apartment during her stay in the Middle East. He only needs to feed the cat and pay cleaning expenses. He spends his days shut up in the apartment, working on his translations, but an encounter with the cleaning lady, threatening letters and the doorbell ringing incessantly force him to reevaluate his connection to the world.
She and her husband found what they were looking for: An isolated house in the suburbs. One day he packs a suitcase and leaves for a week. Business trip, he says. She is left alone in the yellow house with her book and the cats. “A House in the Burbs” is a Gothic story with all the traditional paraphernalia of the genre updated to the present day: the abandoned mansion, the outside threat that really lurks inside and terrifying ghosts haunting the characters. And in the center of the story, a broken couple.
Cali in the sixties. Ricardo González loves going to the movies and desperately wants to share this with another person, but he suffers unexpected consequences. This is Caicedo at his best: solitude, alienation and great affection for everything that surrounds him.
Carlos sees a story in his dream and is desperate to get it down on paper, but it seems the entire Universe is set on getting in his way. Will he finish the story? What consequences will he have to face?
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