Héctor Abad is a novelist, short story writer, and journalist from Medellín, Colombia. Oblivion: A Memoir will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in June 2012, and A Culinary Treatise for Sorrowful Women by the Pushkin Press in March 2012. His most recent book is Traiciones de la memoria.
Near Land’s End in Cornwall, the westernmost point of the island of Great Britain, where the rocks and cliffs of terra firma put up a heroic resistance to the incessant waves of the Atlantic, the landscape ends with some of . . .