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ISBN-10: 1913867692
ISBN-13: 9781913867690
Publisher: Charco Press
Publish Date: 10/24/2023
Dimensions: 8.00" L, 5.20" W, 1.10" H

The Delivery

Translator: Megan McDowell

Paperback

Price: $16.95

Overview

From the acclaimed author of Fish Soup, a novel of motherhood, memory, and possibility just this side of the uncanny.

In The Delivery, an enormous package arrives that can’t be opened, Agatha the cat appears and disappears, half-finished buildings punctuate the horizon–semi-ordinary happenings that take on an otherworldly cast if you look at them sideways. And nothing is stranger, in this high rise apartment far from home, than the tenuous bonds of family that hold us together, or don’t. The narrator works, zooms with her sister, makes plans for the future (a writing residency, a child), and tentatively probes her past, while subtle fissures open up around her, changing her life forever. As she says about her childhood home, “Sometimes I get curious…but I don’t ask, because the answer could come with information I’d rather not know.”By turns tender and biting, this is Robayo’s finest work yet.

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Reviews

"The microscopic precision with which García Robayo delves into the human soul is striking." –El País

"An unsettling novel about uncertainty, memories and fears, solitude, family relationships and hopes for the future." –Diario Popular

"Robayo masterfully constructs a story of family ghosts and memories that put into question what it means to leave behind a country, family and friends for a new place." –Morning Star

"García Robayo has written a novel that, avoiding any complacency, situates us in the interstices of identity." –El Mundo

"If for this narrator having a child is like 'resisting extinction' (...), novels like The Delivery fulfil a similar injunction to permanence: not to pass through the world without leaving anything behind." –El País

"An intimate, mature work that confirms Margarita García Robayo as one of the most promising Latin American writers today." –La Razón

"The Colombian writer makes the daily routine of her protagonist seem like a disturbing sequence of events." –Expansión

"A brilliant and exhaustive relationship with language that draws on a search for origins." –El Tiempo

"Thoughts that achieve a sparking lucidity that contrasts with the bewilderment experienced by the main character." –La Nación

"You can't put it down until you find out what happens at the end." –Pagina/12

"The Delivery is one of those novels that mark a before and an after, just as happens to its main character when she manages to open the crate sent by her sister." –Pagina/12

"A book of contained intensity, full of glimpses more than certainties, which confirms the author as one of the leading voices of Latin American fiction." –El Siglo de Torreón

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Praise for Margarita García Robayo

Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana Prize (Finalist)

"García Robayo writes with caustic insight, brittle humour and a fair whack of cynicism (...) Holiday Heart is brilliant." –The Guardian

"Understated, lyrical, and delivers its insights by means of acute observation. (5 stars)" –The Arts Desk

"Cunningly well achieved." –Irish Times

"Holiday Heart is a poignant and searing story of love ending." –Gutter Magazine

"Coombe's translation brilliantly captures the bite in García Robayo's humour." –iNews

"One of Colombia's greatest living writers." –The Monthly Booking

"Brilliantly dramatises the disjunction between an idealized picture of life like sitting on a sunny beach and the reality of that life like getting sand caught in your teeth." –Lonesome Reader

Best Fiction Books of 2017 –New York Times (Español)

"Darkly funny throughout, this examination of two lives will stay with you long after you read the final words and lay the book down." –Lunate

"Every sentence in the book seems to be written with a scalpel infused with acid. " –Morning Star

"Acute, provocative, concise and raw." –Translating Women

"An incredibly insightful portrayal of a disintegrating marriage...provides a sharp-eyed view of estrangement and personal identity." –Book Riot

"Frightening, alluring, and inescapable." –Books and Bao

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Casa de las Américas Prize (Winner)
Society of Authors Valle-Inclán Prize (Shortlist)

"García Robayo's prose bristles with restrained energy and a wry humour which captures the disaffection of her characters." –The Times Literary Supplement

"[Fish Soup] is a gorgeous, blackly humorous look into the lives of Colombians struggling to find their place in society, both at home and abroad." –Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A remarkable genre-bending effort." –The Guardian

"The tackiness of the Caribbean coast and its discontents are marvellously rendered." –The Times Literary Supplement

"If you're a fan of Ottessa Moshfegh or Melissa Broder, then this is for you." –The Guardian

"An evocative collection that conveys the potency of desire in even the most ordinary lives." –Kirkus

"García Robayo is building one of the most solid and interesting oeuvres in Latin American literature."" –Juan Cárdenas, author of ORNAMENTAL

"Her stories combine the atmosphere of Desperate Housewives, Hemingway's iceberg theory and a memorable, bittersweet ending."" –Jorge Carrión, author of BOOKSHOPS

"Margarita shows sharp insight into contemporary life. Her voice speaks with surreptitious irony and sophisticated psychological perception. She is the creator of an exceptional poetics of displacement."" –Juan Villoro, author of THE WITNESS

"There are very few writers who can challenge expectations the way Margarita García Robayo does. Margarita is simply one of the best of the new generation that respects, yet no longer identifies with, the Latin American Boom."" –Mariana Enríquez, author of THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE

"This is a text written from within the belly of the beast. (...) One of the most essential books of the year." –Asymptote

"García Robayo's prose is concise and startling, her voice versatile and capable of packing a serious punch." –LA Review of Books

"One of the most potent figures of contemporary Latin American literature." –ABC Cultural

"Full of everyday details that reveal the most vulnerable aspects of feminine subjectivity." –La Nación

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Details

ISBN-10: 1913867692
ISBN-13: 9781913867690
Publisher: Charco Press
Publish Date: 10/24/2023
Dimensions: 8.00" L, 5.20" W, 1.10" H
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