My Fathers’ Ghost is Climbing in the Rain
My Fathers’ Ghost is Climbing in the Rain by Patricio Pron is the stunning debut from one of Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists.
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This is a daring, deeply affecting novel about the secrets buried in the past of an Argentine family; a story of fathers and sons, corruption and responsibility, memory and history, with a mystery at its heart.
A young writer, living abroad, returns home to his native Argentina to say goodbye to his dying father. In his parents’ house, he finds a cache of documents – articles, maps, photographs – and unwittingly begins to unearth his father’s obsession with the disappearance of a local man. Suddenly he comes face to face with the ghosts of Argentina’s dark political past and with the long-hidden memories of his family’s underground resistance against an oppressive military regime.
As the fragments of the narrator’s investigation fall into place – revealing not only a part of his father’s life he had tried to forget, but also the legacy of an entire generation – My Father’s Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain tells a completely original story of family and remembrance. It is an audacious accomplishment by an internationally acclaimed voice.
This is a thoughtful (and semi-autobiographical) mediation on what a generation that has largely given up on struggle and resistance owes to its parents.
How we are haunted by the pain of the past is the powerful theme at the heart of this moving meditation on trauma, memory, and home, beautifully translated from Spanish by Mara Faye Lethem ... This poetic, atmospheric novel is filled with symbolic images: of relentless rain; of being lost in a dark forest ... It's through excavating tiny details that Pron reaches universal truths... This philosophical novel, which probes the thorniest of ontological and epistemological questions, compellingly displays - as well as explores - fiction's power to unearth the most deeply buried emotional truths.
Named one of Granta's best young Spanish-language novelists in 2010, Argentine writer Patricio Pron's British debut, My Fathers' Ghost Is Climbing In The Rain (Faber), is a fictionalised account of 'mostly true' events whose slow-to-build impact is deeply affecting ... the closing sober telling of his parents' terrible experiences amasses power from its sad sparseness.
Pron handles the past of Argentina with subtle tones through a family story ...
recent books by Lhosa ,Marquez ,Cercas and Goytisolo have all looked at the recent past with honest eyes and breadth like My Fathers' Ghost is Climbing in the Rain does. Pron's book evokes the past in the present and is wonderfully held together in English by the translator Lethem.
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