Kako redefinisati ideju detinjstva? Šta treba da se dogodi da bismo to učinili? U San Kristobalu, malom tropskom mestu smeštenom između džungle i reke, jednoga dana pojavljuje se trideset dvoje dece. Niko ne zna odakle su došli niti kojim jezikom govore.
Izgladneli i nasilni, opsedaju grad, uznemiravaju njegove stanovnike i i novostečenu ekonomsku stabilnost. Pošto dvoje odraslih bivaju izbodeni, ostali, uznemireni mišlju da će postati dečji plen, žive u konstantnom strahu i na decu gledaju kao na zombije.
Dvadeset godina kasnije, jedan državni službenik, svedok ovih događaja, piše hroniku događaja o tome kako je grad bio primoran da prevrednuje ideju reda, nasilja i civilizovanosti tokom vremena kad su ova deca okupirala grad, pre nego što su fatalno završila.
U ovom bravurozno napisanom teskobnom delu, punom saspensa, koje podseća na Konradovo Srce tame i Goldingovog Gospodara muva, Andrés Barba donosi mračnu metafizičku bajku, priču koja bi i mogla da bude istinita.
“At first you will feel fear, but what you will feel next is something much deeper, disturbing and luminous.” Samanta Schweblin
“Disturbing and melancholy, disquieting without tricks and beautiful without artifice, República luminosa is an engrossing tale of unusual moral precision. It could be read as a Lord of the Flies seen from the other side, but then we would be robbing Andrés Barba of the profound originality of his world, which is unlike anything the reader might have encountered. A triumph.” Juan Gabriel Vásquez
“Village of the Damned meets Mariana Enriquez meets Stephen King meets Les Revenants meets Samantha Schweblin meets Lord of the Flies and many things more –this book was brilliant and hard to put down. Shortand easy to read in one seating, the novel plays wonderfully with the chronicle style and with the expectations a European reader may have regarding magic realism.” Gyldendal Norsk
“Andrés Barba has written a Spanish novel that seems Latin American and that is nourished by the best Anglo-Saxon tradition: a wicked fable on childhood that is also a suspense novel that plays with the mechanisms of fantastic literature. Highly enjoyable and profound.” Juan Pablo Villalobos
“There is a deliberately literary intention, its reach is of those great works of fiction and the narrative tension is so intelligently rationed for an ending in which the questions are reformulated and once more unanswered.” Patricio Pron, El Boomeran(g)
"In this award-winning novel, we find one of the nuclear elements of Andrés Barba's narrative world: the investigation - incisive, sharp, unsparing - of affections, emotions and feelings... With extreme intensity and perfection, Barba efficiently contructs the subtlescene and social landscape to then give way to the narrative of the occurences. This novel is as distressing as it is illuminating, and with a strange beauty in its final epiphany." Ana Rodríguez Fischer, El País - Babelia
“His stylistic rigour converts this novel into an accumulative, cerebral and obsessive analysis, often times metaphorical at time but always narrative. Let it be known that this is a magnificent book sparkling with profound, indeterminate, fundamental elements.” Nadal Suau, El Mundo – El Cultural
“Barba masters the right size a novel should have to reach its objectives. It’s the best work I’ve read from him. His literature obtains everything from the symbolic power he is able to extract from a precise circumstance. It’s impossible to put this book down. It goes one step beyond William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. The style of the novel skillfully brings together the reflective discourse of the narrator with the chronicle of the narrated events. Its profound sentences leave the reader thinking afterwards. I fullheartedly recommend this read.”José M. Pozuelo Yvancos, ABC Cultural
“The book of the week. Barba has written a heartbreaking novel on the dark collective hope.”Domingo Ródenas, El Periódico
"In an atmosphere of suspense, with twists in the plot, an intentional social critique, classical prose and a perfected pace, the author builds a metaphor on childhood, everyday conventions and the establishment. This reading is ideal for questioning and playing down deeply rooted collected convictions, such as the the possible natural goodness of human beings. There is a perfect balance between narrative content and reflection. 9 out of 10." Ferrer, La Razón
"Barba is prolific, as multifaceted as he is rigorous. With República luminosa, the author has gone further than ever. Exacerbated emotions are the soul of this brilliant novel." J.A. Masoliver Ródenas, La Vanguardia
“An uncompromising metaphysical fable without morals, a tightly crafted tale told in an unnervingly realistic style.” De Standaard
“An instant classic, a subtle book that deserves to be read more than once. Knack
“Barba writes beautifully and the pages sparkle with intensity. Republiek van licht is a merciless portrait of our times, composed as a thriller hors catégorie.” De Tijd
“Wonderful, clever and exciting till the very last page.” Trouw, Book of the Week
“This compelling novel is ideal for book clubs, there’s so much to talk about.” Dagblad van het Noorden