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ISBN-10: 1916277861
ISBN-13: 9781916277861
Publisher: Charco Press
Publish Date: 04/06/2021
Dimensions: 7.60" L, 5.00" W, 0.70" H

A Perfect Cemetery

Translator: Jennifer Croft

Paperback

Price: $15.95

Overview

His stories shimmer like revelations – the clarity, mystery, beauty, depth, and sheer, thrilling peculiarity of ordinary life when the veil lifts. They’re exhilarating to read, just as exhilarating to re-read.–Deborah Eisenberg

Childhood does not last long in the Argentine mountains of Córdoba, and adult lives fall apart quickly. In disarming, darkly humorous stories, Federico Falco explores themes of obsessive love, romantic attachment and the strategies we must find to cope with death and painful longing.

In the middle of a blizzard a widow watches the ruin of her late-husband’s garden, until suddenly she sees a woman running naked in the falling snow. After telling her parents she is abandoning her Christian faith, a girl becomes infatuated with a Mormon missionary who reminds her of a boy killed in her village years before. When his family’s home is lost, a father desperately offers his daughter’s hand in marriage to anyone who will take them in. And a town’s mayor tries to fulfill his father’s dying wish – to design the perfect cemetery.

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Reviews

These rich and authentic portraits of Argentinian lives are well worth seeking out...You could imagine Alastair McLeod or John McGahern paying homage. (5 stars) –RTÉ

Expansive and ingeniously crafted–an unforgettable collection. –Kirkus, starred review

The quiet assurance with which Falco addresses rural environments represents a departure recalling the perspectives of writers from the northern hemisphere such as Denis Johnson, Knut Hamsun or Tobias Wolff. –The Times Literary Supplement

Moving, morbid, and humorous at the same time. –LA Review of Books

Falco proves himself as a fine storyteller. –Publishers Weekly

Falco is a master of the short story. –Martin MacInnes, author of INFINITE GROUND and GATHERING EVIDENCE

His stories shimmer like revelations - the clarity, mystery, beauty, depth, and sheer, thrilling peculiarity of ordinary life when the veil lifts. They're exhilarating to read, just as exhilarating to re-read. –Deborah Eisenberg, author of YOUR DUCK IS MY DUCK

Croft's translations of the stories in A Perfect Cemetery are loyal to the profound beauty, rootedness, and longing they portray. –World Literature Today

Each powerful story captivates and I cannot recommend this collection enough. –Morning Star

When people praise Chekhov, stories like this are what they're thinking of. –James Crossley, Madison Books

At long last, Argentine author Federico Falco finally has a full-length work in translation. A Perfect Cemetery is a 2016 collection of five stories, several of which are much longer than traditional short stories (thankfully so). With confident prose, storytelling verve, and remarkable consideration for both character and landscape, Falco writes impressively well. Though plights of fancy embroil each of Falco's characters, they are conveyed with a compassion and authenticity that make them seem utterly lifelike. –Jeremy Garber, Powell's Bookshop

Books to watch out for in 2021. –Irish Times

As so often in this compelling collection, the stories only open out once you finish them. –David's Book World

Every word and sentence, including those of Croft's sincere and illuminating note that concludes the volume, should be savored, consumed in a rush only during those moments when you're flying down the summer streets with Silvi on her bicycle as she searches for the boy she believes she loves. –On the Seawall

Perfectly honed... [Falco's] skill is apparent in the originality of these plots, the economy and naturalness of the characters' conversations, and in the meticulous observation of a gesture that may encapsulate whole central motifs –Ñ Magazine

The succinctness of the plotlines in these stories is inversely proportional to their vast narrative expanse, to everything the writing is able to carve out between the sharply curtailed dialogues and all that simmers underneath. –La Nación

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Details

ISBN-10: 1916277861
ISBN-13: 9781916277861
Publisher: Charco Press
Publish Date: 04/06/2021
Dimensions: 7.60" L, 5.00" W, 0.70" H
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