My Fathers' Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain by Patricio Pron

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He gives us the testament of the child, not the parents. That’s not the story Pron declares himself to be after, but it’s a potent one nevertheless.
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The anticipated American debut of one of Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists: a daring, deeply affecting novel about the secrets buried in the past of an Argentine family.

A young writer, living abroad, makes the journey home to South America to say good-bye 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—this audacious novel tells a completely original story of corruption and responsibility, history and remembrance. 

 

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Patricio Pron es autor de los volúmenes de relatos Hombres infames, El vuelo magnífico de la noche y El mundo sin las personas que lo afean y lo arruinan; y de las novelas Formas de morir, Nadadores muertos, Una puta mierda y El comienzo de la primavera, ganadora del Premio Jaén de Novela y distinguida por la Fundación José Manuel Lara como una de las cinco mejores obras publicadas en España ese año. Ha sido premiado en numerosas ocasiones, y en 2010, fue seleccionado por la revista Granta como uno de los veintidós mejores escritores jóvenes en español.
 
Published May 21, 2013 by Vintage. 226 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Marcela Valdes on Jul 05 2013

He gives us the testament of the child, not the parents. That’s not the story Pron declares himself to be after, but it’s a potent one nevertheless.

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