Alberto Barrera Tyszka's novella has a slender but powerful premise: it is the story of a son who has to tell his father that the older man is dying.
But Andres Miranda, a doctor, finds he cannot do it. His mother died when he was young and he and his father have been everything to one other since.
Meanwhile, he is being stalked by a hypochondriac to whom his secretary, Karina, suddenly decides to write – but in the doctor's name.
Tyszka pulls these two strands together well, and tempers the emotionalism of his tale with philosophical contributions. The result is a vivid, if inexplicably cold story whose impact falls ever so slightly short.Reuse content