Christof, Christophe, Christopher and Cristòfol are four brothers – sons of the same father and four very different mothers, yet none of them knows about the existence of the others. They live in Frankfurt, Paris, London and Barcelona and they unwittingly share the fact that their father, Gabriel Delacruz – a truck driver – abandoned them when they were little and they never heard from him again.
Then one day, Cristòfol is contacted by the police: his father is officially a missing person. This fact leads him to discover that he has three half-brothers, and the four young men come together for the first time. Two decades have passed since their father last saw any of them. They barely remember what he was like, but they decide to look for him to resolve their doubts. Why did he abandon them? Why do all four have the same name? Did he intend for them to meet?
Divided by geography yet united by blood, the “Cristobales” set out on a quest that is at once painful, hilarious and extraordinary. They discover a man who during thirty years of driving was able to escape the darkness of Franco’s Spain and to explore a luminous Europe, a journey that, with the birth of his sons, both opened and broke his heart.
“An outstanding read… In the Christophers’ search for Gabriel the reader finds a funny, moving and poignant exploration of identity, home, family and freedom”
“Inventive, absorbing and beautifully written”
“Lost Luggage is an astonishing literary artefact. Marvellous.”
“It’s the combination of straight-down-the-line storytelling with Jordi’s ingenious inflections in the language and structure that make Lost Luggage feel so rebellious… [Puntí is a] tactical mastermind in Barcelona’s literary scene”
Dazed & Confused
“More than once it feels as though you could be in a Barcelona bar, listening to a friend indulge in a series of Rioja-fuelled anecdotes.”
“Punti is a sprightly writer, delighting in taking us down byways and through backwaters as the novel circles Gabriel’s disappearance.”
“An utterly absorbing tale of family, friendship, love and loss.”
“A book as extraordinary as it is memorable. Jordi Puntí already belongs to the noble tradition of the great storytellers”
Rock de Lux
“A conjuring trick. Incomparable literature”
“The best contemporary prose available”
“Pure life, intense and passionate. A thorough and precise creation, very near perfection… one can only surrender to the utter force of the story”
“A novel with an uncommon brilliance, confirming Puntí’s talent.”
“Characters with great literary force; they represent the power of fiction when facing history”
Culturas de La Vanguardia
Jordi Punti was born near Barcelona, Spain in 1967 and is a writer, translator and a regular contributor to the Spanish and Catalan press. Punti is considered one of the most promising new voices of contemporary Catalan literature. In 1998 he published his first book of short stories, Pell d’armadillo (Proa, 1998) that won the Serra d’Or Critics’ Prize.