Submitted By: John McNamee on Aug 21, 2013
Starry Night, is based on the story of a real life experience involving a 1,100ft fall while ice-climbing in the Bolivian Andes where I had to spend two days and nights dragging myself over the ice in order to be rescued- and to return to climbing on special crutches. Itīs also a story about the desire that drives us to climb and write.
Its original Spanish version was shortlisted for the Desnivel Award of Literature in Spain. Alpinist Magazine published a first English excerpt which I translated for last yearīs April issue (please see attachment). Now a full English version has been published in the US.
Here is what Katie Ives, the editor of Alpinist Magazine had to say about it:
"A daring reimagination of the typical disaster narrative, Starry Night portrays a world in which pain and unsettling beauty become inextricably intertwined." Katie Ives, Editor of Alpinist Magazine.
You can also hear an interview on National Geographic Radio.
Other important US coverages (ESPNW and Alpinist) can be found under the following ESPNW and
The book is currently available in Spanish, English, and forthcoming in Italian (by Priuli e Verlucca). I have already presented it in Spain, the US, Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Germany, and at the international book expo in Guadalajara, Mexico.