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Review of ‘Waiting for Columbus’

The setting for Canadian writer Thomas Trofimuk’s inventive, charming new novel, Waiting for Columbus, is a mental institution in Sevilla, Spain. There, a 21st-century inmate persuasively argues that he is actually the legendary 15th-century navigator Christopher Columbus.

Although medical personnel initially suspect his is a stereotypically disturbed mind—like that of an inmate who calls herself…

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