A mysterious stranger arrives at Argónida, set in the legendary landscape of the Coto de Doñana. The appropriation by a newcomer and his family of a treasure that doesn’t belong to them will set in motion a series of events that will lead the characters to a disastrous fate.
Ágata ojo de gato tells the story of the colonization of a wild territory and how nature wreaks its terrible vengeance on those who cross her. The Coto de Doñana is the real protagonist of the story, however, and the fascinating variety of the landscape gives the tale a stylistic richness and vibrant plot.
The distinctiveness of the prose, characterised by an all-encompassing precocity and storytelling drive make this novel a work of great ambition and uniqueness. Winner of the Critics Prize in 1975, Ágata ojo de gato is José Manuel Caballero’s favourite book of all his fiction, a must-read work of contemporary Spanish literature.