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Santiago, Chile. The city is covered in ash. Three children of ex-militants are facing a past they can neither remember nor forget. Felipe sees dead bodies on every corner of the city, counting them up in an obsessive quest to square these figures with the official death toll. He is searching for the perfect zero, a life with no remainder. Iquela and Paloma, too, are searching for a way to live on. When the body of Paloma's mother is lost in transit, the three take a hearse and a bottle of pisco up the cordillera for a road trip with a difference. Intense, intelligent, and extraordinarily sensitive to the shape and weight of words, this remarkable debut presents a new way to count the cost of a pain that stretches across generations.



Fiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processesPolitical structures: totalitarianism & dictatorship Publisher: And Other Stories Publication Date: 04/10/2018 ISBN-13: 9781911508328  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Alia Trabucco Zeran was born in Chile in 1983. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for her MFA in Creative Writing at New York University and she holds a PhD in Spanish and Latin American Studies from University College London. La Resta (The Remainder), her debut novel, won the prize for Best Unpublished Literary Work awarded by the Chilean Council for the Arts in 2014, and on publication was chosen by El Pais as one of its top ten debuts of 2015.Sophie Hughes has translated novels by several contemporary Latin American and Spanish authors, including Best Translated Book Award 2017 finalist Laia Jufresa (Umami). Her translations, reviews and essays have been published in the Guardian, the White Review, the Times Literary Supplement and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of a British Centre for Literary Translation mentorship and residency, a PEN Heim Literary Translation grant, and in 2018 she was shortlisted for an Arts Foundation 25th Anniversary Fellowship.

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As ash blankets Santiago de Chile, a "mortuary city" as one of the narrators refers to it, three individuals, connected by their parents' shared and tumultuous history, set out on a road trip in a hearse, in pursuit of a body -  a striking scenario in a novel of startling images and the starting point for Trabucco Zerán's journey into Latin America's violent past. I have encountered few writers capable of so perfectly capturing the weight of inherited memories, the tension that exists between those who experience oppression first hand and the generations who live in its wake. This is macabre, complex, rich writing and one of those book that, if I had unlimited funds, I would give to everybody. 

Gary, Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 12/09/2018

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