SWIM OR DIE
Bruno is constantly tormented by his classmates. “El Lagartija” (“The Lizard”) in particular, will never forgive him, and won’t let him forget either, what he did some time ago. Bruno is so distressed by it all, and only through swimming can he find some much needed inner peace. Each night he goes to the only place he can swim in town, the local gym. There he swims, times his swims and constantly breaks his own records. Swimming becomes an obsession, a way he can pay the terrible thing he did last summer. With each swim, terrible scenes come to his mind as if he was swimming against a very strong current and is helplessly whipped back and forth by the sea. On the other hand, at the gym he meets the receptionist, a girl of his own age, who clicks with him instantly. He soon realises he is falling in love, but at the same time feels terrible about it, as he does not think he even has the right to. Not after what he did…
Swim or Die is a realistic drama that discusses the love, school bullying and the pursuit for redemption.
- The idea for this book came as me and a friend climbed on to a rock in the middle of the sea. He asked me: “What would happen if someone were to fall from here?” That question became the central idea for Swim or Die.
- Cala Canyelles, a small beach in Girona, Spain, which is featured in the book, also appears in another book, Prisoners of the sea. This beach is a popular tourist spot where various TV adverts and even movies have been filmed.
- To be able to understand the ending, one must pay attention to page 135. What Bruno does before coming out of his house is the key to understand his decision at the end of the novel.