Niños de tiza

Roberto Esteban goes back to the neighbourhood where he spent his childhood and his memories are activated: street games, lost friends, coloured chicks, the urban legend on the Black Hand, and that old impossible love, Lola.

Above all of them, there is still another memory: that on Gema “The mermaid”, a disabled girl who drowned in the municipal pool. The mystery of her death is brought to light in the middle of a crime plot linked to the rezoning of a series of territories in the Olimpic Madrid, as well as to some old friends and enemies such as Romero, El Lenteja and Richi, with who Roberto is about to play once again in his life.

Under the cover of a crime story, David Torres goes back to the Spanish Transition days. Niños de tiza is an evocative portrait to homesick, love and childhood.


TOPICS: Childhood, Love, Death, Crime, Friendship


GENRE: Drama, Thriller, Mystery


RELEVANT DATA: Niños de tiza won the Hammet Award to the best crime story and the Tigre Juan Prize. David Torres has become one of the firmest authors of Spanish literature thanks to this work.

Roberto Esteban, the main character of Niños de tiza, is also the one starring Torres’ previous novel, El gran silencio.

Niños de tiza brings back a setting close in time but almost non existent in literature. It reflects the lives of those who  during the last years of the dictatorship spend their time in outlying neighbourhoods, among heroin trafficking, communist priests, selfless mothers and street gangs.


AUDIOVISUAL POTENTIAL: TV Series, Miniseries, Film, TV Movie.

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