“Not since Remains of the Day has an author so skillfully revealed the way history’s layers are often invisible to all but its participants . . . Gorgeous.”—John Freeman, Boston Globe on The Hired Man

London. A fox makes its way across Waterloo Bridge. The distraction causes two pedestrians to collide—Jean, an American studying the habits of urban foxes, and Attila, a Ghanaian psychiatrist there to deliver a keynote speech. From this chance encounter, Aminatta Forna’s unerring powers of observation show how in the midst of the rush of a great city lie numerous moments of connection.

Attila has arrived in London with two tasks: to deliver a keynote speech on trauma, as he has done many times before; and to contact the daughter of friends, his “niece” who hasn’t called home in a while. Ama has been swept up in an immigration crackdown, and now her young son Tano is missing.

When, by chance, Attila runs into Jean again, she mobilizes the network of rubbish men she uses as volunteer fox spotters. Security guards, hotel doormen, traffic wardens—mainly West African immigrants who work the myriad streets of London—come together to help. As the search for Tano continues, a deepening friendship between Attila and Jean unfolds.

Meanwhile a consulting case causes Attila to question the impact of his own ideas on trauma, the values of the society he finds himself in, and a grief of his own. In this delicate tale of love and loss, of cruelty and kindness, Forna asks us to consider the interconnectedness of lives, our co-existence with one another and all living creatures, and the true nature of happiness.

Uno de los mejores libros del año 2014 para The Boston Globe y The Independent: una apasionante historia sobre la nostalgia y el olvido, la venganza y el amor, la negación y la culpa, por «una autora de un talento deslumbrante» (Daily Telegraph).

Gost, un pueblo croata de veranos abrasadores e inviernos gélidos, se encuentra rodeado de montañas y campos de flores silvestres que nadie pisa. Es el hogar de Duro, que sobrevive aletargado hasta que un día la ventana de la vieja casa azul que lleva más de una década vacía aparece abierta. La llegada de Laura y sus hijos supone un terremoto en el pueblo. Pronto, la relación que Duro entabla con los ingleses y las obras de reparación que él mismo emprende en la casa azul abrirán las compuertas del pasado, y por ellas entrarán en tromba los días de la infancia, el primer amor, las primeras traiciones y también la guerra y la muerte que llegaron luego, y de las que ya nadie habla.

La crítica ha dicho...
«Los fans de El paciente inglés van a adorar esta obra tan memorable e inquietante.»
Red

«Oscura y perturbadora, la narrativa de Forna tiene un ritmo de gran belleza, un tono escalofriante y angustioso, verdaderamente apasionante.»
Kirkus (lectura seleccionada)

«Una novela magistral por una autora de talento... Forna despliega su historia con un ritmo de medido suspense que se lee como un thriller cocinado a fuego lento. Su prosa nos agarra por el pescuezo de manera sigilosa y a continuación aprieta con fuerza. Narrativa de máxima tensión.»
Arifa Akbar, The Independent

«Esta hipnótica novela examina la resaca de la guerra y el genocidio. Lo más interesante de esta historia es el retrato de cómo aquellos que sobreviven a las atrocidades deben aprender a continuar viviendo juntos. Altamente recomendable.»
Evelyn Beck, Library Journal

«Si La memoria del amor confirmó la facilidad de Forna para escribir sobre la guerra y sus consecuencias, Donde crecen flores silvestres sella su candidatura a mejor autor de ficción en este campo.»
Jackie Annesley, London Evening Standard

«Una historia desgarradora sobre cómo aprendemos a vivir con nuestros enemigos, aquellos que nos han causado los daños más devastadores.»
Manasi Subramaniam, The Sunday Guardian

From award-winning writer Aminatta Forna, a stunning novel bringing an American scientist and a Ghanaian psychologist together in London in a hunt for a missing boy-and an expansive, subtle tale of loss, hope, love, compassion, culture, and the true meaning of happiness. "Not since Remains of the Day has an author so skillfully revealed the way history's layers are often invisible to all but its participants . . . Gorgeous."-John Freeman, Boston Globe on The Hired Man. London. A fox makes its way across Waterloo Bridge. The distraction causes two pedestrians to collide-Jean, an American studying the habits of urban foxes, and Attila, a Ghanaian psychiatrist there to deliver a keynote speech. From this chance encounter, Aminatta Forna's unerring powers of observation show how in the midst of the rush of a great city lie numerous moments of connection. Attila has arrived in London with two tasks: to deliver a keynote speech on trauma, as he has done many times before; and to contact the daughter of friends, his "niece" who hasn't called home in a while. Ama has been swept up in an immigration crackdown, and now her young son Tano is missing. When, by chance, Attila runs into Jean again, she mobilizes the network of rubbish men she uses as volunteer fox spotters. Security guards, hotel doormen, traffic wardens-mainly West African immigrants who work the myriad streets of London-come together to help. As the search for Tano continues, a deepening friendship between Attila and Jean unfolds. Meanwhile a consulting case causes Attila to question the impact of his own ideas on trauma, the values of the society he finds himself in, and a grief of his own. In this delicate tale of love and loss, of cruelty and kindness, Forna asks us to consider the interconnectedness of lives, our co-existence with one another and all living creatures, and the true nature of happiness.
The new novel from the winner of the Commonwealth Writer' s Prize, The Hired Man is a taut, powerful novel of a small town and its dark wartime secrets, unwittingly brought into the light by a family of outsiders. Aminatta Forna has established herself as one of our most perceptive and uncompromising chroniclers of war and the way it reverberates, sometimes imperceptibly, in the daily lives of those touched by it. With The Hired Man, she has delivered a tale of a Croatian village after the War of Independence, and a family of newcomers who expose its secrets. Duro is off on a morning' s hunt when he sees something one rarely does in Gost: a strange car. Later that day, he overhears its occupants, a British woman, Laura, and her two children, who have taken up residence in a house Duro knows well. He offers his assistance getting their water working again, and soon he is at the house every day, helping get it ready as their summer cottage, and serving as Laura' s trusted confidant. But the other residents of Gost are not as pleased to have the interlopers, and as Duro and Laura' s daughter Grace uncover and begin to restore a mosaic in the front that has been plastered over, Duro must be increasingly creative to shield the family from the town' s hostility, and his own past with the house' s former occupants. As the inhabitants of Gost go about their days, working, striving to better themselves and their town, and arguing, the town' s volatile truths whisper ever louder. A masterpiece of storytelling haunted by lost love and a restrained menace, this novel recalls Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee and Anil' s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje. The Hired Man confirms Aminatta Forna as one of our most important writers.
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