Autogol
Ricardo Silva Romero

NOVEL | 2009 | 400 pages

Sports commentator Pepe Calderón Tovar loses his voice the moment Andrés Escobar, the Colombian soccer team’s defense in the 1994 World Cup, scores the infamous own goal that will turn him into a national martyr. Tormented by his sudden loss, Calderón decides that the only way he will recover his voice will be by seeking revenge: his mission will be to kill the soccer player.  

Through a satirical look at Colombian reality and a humorous tone that easily turns to tragedy, Ricardo Silva Romero has built a character based on the various testimonies he has collected from several personalities belonging to the world of Colombian soccer. Reporters, sportswriters and players conspire to paint a portrait of a man who represents the way in which feelings of anger and disarray can undermine the spirit of a man who is just as good and bad as anyone else.

RIGHTS: spanish ALFAGUARA

Not only is this a fascinating novel about soccer, it is one of the best books to understand Colombia. An impeccable literary work, minutely documented, that interprets, in a way that no one has done it before, the emotional epilepsy of what it means to be Colombian, and that speaks for an entire generation in a way that Silva does like no other. An unforgettable novel.
— Daniel Samper Pizano
This novel is the catharsis of a Colombian tragedy.
— Luis Fernando Afanador
Ricardo Silva uses an acute, implacable prose to recreate one of the most sordid episodes of the dense world of Colombian sports.
— Eduardo Arias
Silva Romero is such a vigorous writer that at times the novel can be compared to In Cold Blood, a third world version of it.
— Patricio Jara
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Semejante a la vida
SHORT STORIES, 2011
Que no me miren
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Autogol 
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En orden de estatura 
MIDDLE GRADE, 2007
El hombre de los mil nombres 
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Fin 
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Parece que va a llover 
NOVEL, 2005
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Terranía
POETRY, 2004
Tic 
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Walkman 
NOVEL, 2002
Relato de Navidad en La Gran Vía 
NOVEL, 2001
Sobre la tela de una araña 
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