My Father's Ghost is Climbing in the Rain (Patricio Pron)

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By Patricio Pron, Mara Faye Lethem (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780307745422
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage - March 11th, 2014

Patricio Pron’s first novel translated into English, MY FATHER'S GHOST IS CLIMBING IN THE RAIN, is a remarkable examination of memory and a perfect introduction to an exciting new voice in Latin American literature. The memory in question is both a young man’s and a nation’s. That nation is Argentina and the young man is a struggling writer, on his way home to visit his ailing father after spending the last eight years in Germany. The story appears simple enough, but there are holes in the narrative -- chapters appear out of order or missing altogether -- and this reflects both the narrator’s numbed state of mind and the dark legacy of Argentina’s past, both of which come to light only at the end of the novel. Despite the protagonist’s disorientation, the strength of the writing and the emotions evoked are strong and clear, due in large part to Prom’s excellent prose. If you enjoy Roberto Bolaño and other Spanish-language authors who weave political and personal intrigue into their novels, you’ll love MY FATHER'S GHOST IS CLIMBING IN THE RAIN.

“I thought; my father’s generation had been different, but, once again, there was something in that difference that was also a meeting point, a thread that went through the years and brought us together in spite of everything and was horrifically Argentine: the feeling of parents and children being united in defeat.”

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