Stop what you are doing and read this name very slowly: Tomás González. It is the sound of the future of Colombian literature.
Mr. González’s first novel, “In the Beginning Was the Sea,” recently translated into English, was shortlisted for The Independent’s 2015 foreign fiction prize. The Independent is one of Britain’s premier newspapers.
Heavyweights such as Haruki Murakami, Jenny Erpenbeck and Erwin Mortier are also on the list.
The only book I’ve read by González is “La luz difícil,” which I consumed overnight. I cannot wait to read “In the Beginning was the Sea,” or “Primero estaba el mar,” which was first published by the owner of the Bogotá nightclub were González once worked as a bartender.