The myriad corruption scandals hitting the headlines recently remind me of a Spanish novel I read a few months ago by outré TV presenter, social chronicler and showman, Boris Izaguirre.
Dos monstruos juntos (2011) is the cautionary tale of two privileged, Spanish “beautiful people,” Alfredo and Patricia, bent on achieving even greater social and monetary success, whatever it takes.
They move from New York to set up restaurants and clubs in London and quickly become the fashionable people to hang out with.
Yet their ascent involves laundering dirty money and dealing with corrupt individuals, which ultimately changes their relationship. Izaguirre draws the characters of the “two monsters together” with great skill and uses his own celebrity status to provide an insider view – and condemnation – of the monstrous goings-on in the hedonistic Spain of recent years.
If you can read Spanish, read this enjoyable and well-researched novel to understand the process of moral corruption so prevalent here today.