La casa de las dos palmas

In this novel Mejía Vallejo worked for several years and always he considered it to be as the one that would be his major work. It is not needed to possess clairvoyant's special endowments, in order that after having read this exemplary novel, advancing that the readers and the critique will place it among the best Latin-American creations. And, among Mejía Vallejo's novels, next to El día señalado (1964), Aire de tango (1973), of so many other novels and collections of stories that located Mejía Vallejo among the big narrators who wrote and published in the country and in the whole broad world of Spanish speech.

In La casa de las dos palmas the reader is again in Balandú, the village is created by Mejía Vallejo's magic. It is the culmination of the richest stage of his work. But, at the same time, on having finished the reading of his 400 full pages of successes of any nature, - in prominent figures, in situations, in environments-, the reader comes to the conclusion of that Mejía Vallejo, 65 years after his life, is in splendid creative maturity. And that of him can, - and new singularly valuable works of narrative have to - be waited. With the certainty of which so easy prediction is going to be fulfilled inexorably.

By Germán Vargas Cantillo for the edition of the La casa de las dos palmas, 1988, Editorial Planeta.