“The Last Vagon” by Spanish author Angeles Doñate is a wonderful novel about the most unconventional school in the world and a hommage to all teachers
Ikal is 11 years old, son of a railway worker and his dream is to be a teacher. He admires Chica, counts trains with Tuerto, dreams with Valeria, a peasant girl, and lives thousands of adventures with Quetzal, his dog. All of them are Ernesto’s students in the train-school Malinalli Teneplat, during a course that will change their lives. At the nowhere border, between fruit tree fields and old carriages, thirty students will discover what life is about thanks to their teacher’s passion.
Spain: Umbriel 2019 (192 pp.), German: Thiele Verlag 26.10.2021
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