Ways of Going Home

ISBN-10: 0374534357

ISBN-13: 9780374534356

Edition: N/A

Authors: Alejandro Zambra, Megan McDowell

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Alejandro Zambra’s Ways of Going Home begins with an earthquake, seen through the eyes of an unnamed nine-year-old boy who lives in an undistinguished middleclass housing development in a suburb of Santiago, Chile. When the neighbors camp out overnight, the protagonist gets his first glimpse of Claudia, an older girl who asks him to spy on her uncle Raúl. In the second section, the protagonist is the writer of the story begun in the first section. His father is a man of few words who claims to be apolitical but who quietly sympathized—to what degree, the author isn’t sure—with the Pinochet regime. His reflections on the progress of the novel and on his own life—which is strikingly similar to the life of his novel’s protagonist—expose the raw suture of fiction and reality. Ways of Going Home switches between author and character, past and present, reflecting with melancholy and rage on the history of a nation and on a generation born too late—the generation which, as the author-narrator puts it, learned to read and write while their parents became accomplices or victims. It is the most personal novel to date from Zambra, the most important Chilean author since Roberto Bolaño.
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 1/14/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Alejandro Zambra is hailed as the greatest writer of Chile's younger generation. He is a poet and critic, and currently teaches literature at the Diego Partolas University in Santiago. Bonzai is his first novel. It was awarded Chile's Literary Critics' Award for Best Novel.

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