Affections: A Novel

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A haunting novel about an unusual family’s breakdown—set in South America during the time of Che Guevara and inspired by the life of Third Reich cinematographer Hans Ertl—from the literary star Jonathan Safran Foer calls, “a great writer.”

Inspired by real events, Affections is the story of the eccentric, fascinating Ertl clan, headed by the egocentric and extraordinary Hans, once the cameraman for the Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl. Shortly after the end of World War II, Hans and his family flee to Bolivia to start over. There, the ever-restless Hans decides to embark on an expedition in search of the fabled lost Inca city of Paitití, enlisting two of his daughters to join him on his outlandish quest into the depths of the Amazon, with disastrous consequences.

Set against the backdrop of the both optimistic and violent 1950s and 1960s, Affections traces the Ertls’s slow and inevitable breakdown through the various erratic trajectories of each family member: Hans’s undertakings of colossal, foolhardy projects and his subsequent spectacular failures; his daughter Monika, heir to his adventurous spirit, who joins the Bolivian Marxist guerrillas and becomes known as “Che Guevara’s avenger”; and his wife and two younger sisters left to pick up the pieces in their wake. In this short but powerful work, Hasbún weaves a masterfully layered tale of how a family’s voyage of discovery ends up eroding the affections that once held it together.
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Rodrigo Hasbún is a Bolivian novelist living and working in Houston. In 2007, he was selected by the Hay Festival as one of the best Latin American writers under the age of thirty-nine for Bogotá39, and in 2010 he was named one of Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists. He is the author of a previous novel and a collection of short stories, two of which have been made into films, and his work has appeared in Granta, McSweeney’s, Zoetrope: All-Story, Words Without Borders, and elsewhere. Affections received an English PEN Award and has been published in twelve languages.

Sophie Hughes has translated novels by several contemporary Latin American and Spanish authors, including award-winning Laia Jufresa and Rodrigo Hasbún. Her translations and writing have been published in The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, Literary Hub, and The White Review, among others. In 2017 Sophie was awarded a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant.

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Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Sep 12, 2017
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Pages
144
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ISBN
9781501154812
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English
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Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Political
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La nueva novela de una de las voces bolivianas más prometedoras del panorama literario internacional nos lleva al corazón de una familia de aventureros alemanes que se exiliaron en Bolivia.

Los afectos aborda la paulatina desintegración de los Ertl, una peculiar familia de aventureros que, tras la derrota de Alemania en la Segunda Guerra Mundial, decidió exiliarse en Bolivia. Es en esas tierras extrañas donde el cabeza de familia, Hans Ertl, pretende alcanzar el gran sueño de Paitití, la ciudad perdida de los incas que se oculta en algún lugar inhóspito de la selva amazónica. Ni su mujer ni sus tres hijas saldrán indemnes de las inalcanzables quimeras y las ausencias de este padre explorador. Pero será Monika, la mayor y la más aventurera, la única que acabe heredando su carácter inconformista para lanzarse, con los años y en aras de sus convicciones, a un objetivo mucho más temerario.

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María José Navia, Ojo Seco

«No es un buen escritor. Es uno de los grandes.»
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