Chilean Poet

Alejandro Zambra, translated by Megan McDowell
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A tender, acute, hilarious saga about fathers, sons and the many forms of family, from a writer internationally heralded as a voice of his generation.

Gonzalo is a frustrated would-be poet in a city full of poets; poets lurk in every bookshop, prop up every bar, ready to debate the merits of Teillier and Millan (but never Neruda - beyond the pale). Then, nine years after their bewildering breakup, Gonzalo reunites with his teen sweetheart, Carla, who is now, to his surprise, the mother of a young son, Vicente. Soon they form a happy sort-of family - a stepfamily, though no such word exists in their language.

In time, fate and ambition pull the lovers apart, but when it comes to love and poetry, what will be Gonzalo's legacy to his not-quite-stepson Vicente? Zambra chronicles with tenderness and insight the everyday moments - absurd, painful, sexy, sweet, profound - that constitute family life in this bold and brilliant new novel.

Author bio:

Born in Santiago, Chile in 1975, Alejandro Zambra is one of Latin America's foremost living writers. He is the author of numerous award-winning poetry collections and novels, including Ways of Going Home, which won an English Pen Award, and Multiple Choice. He was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young Spanish Language Novelists and was elected to the Bogota39 list.

Category: Fiction
ISBN: 9781783782888
Publisher: Granta
Imprint: Granta
Pub Date: May 2022
Page Extent: 432
Format: Hard Cover
Subject: Fiction in translation

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