El año del desierto

Grupo Planeta Spain

“Yo, que unos meses atrás atendía teléfonos en una oficina con piso de moquette, que traducía cartas al inglés vestida con mi tailleur azul y mis sandalias, ahora hundía las manos en la sangre caliente, separaba vísceras, abría al medio los animales, despellejaba, buscaba coyunturas con el filo.”

Si la historia de un país retrocediera hacia su fundación, si la ciudad fuera reduciéndose al tamaño del pueblo que alguna vez fue y luego fuera sólo un pastizal, ¿cómo sobreviviríamos? María Valdés Neylan atraviesa con valentía el vendaval del tiempo que se levanta en un repliegue histórico implacable. La intemperie avanza borrando gradualmente la ciudad y las costumbres civilizadas, y María va entrando poco a poco en la barbarie: pierde su trabajo de secretaria, deambula, entra en la prostitución, comete un crimen, huye y parece perderse entre las nuevas tribus precolombinas.
Esta novela es una metáfora de la eterna crisis argentina potenciada hasta la destrucción total, hasta que sólo queden el desierto y una voz para contar la historia. El año del desierto vuelve a confirmar a Pedro Mairal como uno de los mejores escritores argentinos de su generación.
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Nov 1, 2015
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The New Republic Best Books of 2013 and World Literature Today Best Books of 2013.

"A simple mystery constructed very cleverly ... an atmospheric and understated book with vivid settings and characters, a true delight to read."–10 Best Books Shorter than 150 Pages, Publishers Weekly

"Mairal's quickening prose moves from the ordinary to the opulent . . . without skipping a beat."—Jed Perl, The New Republic

"Mairal isn't your old college literature professor's idea of an Argentine novelist."—Los Angeles Times

"Affirms Pedro Mairal's stature as one of the most significant Argentine writers working today."—David Leavitt, author of The Two Hotel Francforts

At age nine, Juan Salvatierra became mute following a horse riding accident. At twenty, he began secretly painting a series of long rolls of canvas, minutely detailing six decades of life in his village on Argentina's river frontier with Uruguay. After the death of Salvatierra, his sons return to the village from Buenos Aires to deal with their inheritance: a shed packed with canvases stretching over two miles in length, depicting personal and communal history. Museum curators come calling to acquire this strange, gargantuan artwork but an essential one of its rolls is missing. A search that illuminates the links between art and life ensues, as an intrigue of family secrets buried in the past cast their shadows on the present.

Pedro Mairal, born in Buenos Aires in 1970, is one of the most exciting Argentine novelists of his generation. In 2007 he was included in the Bogotá 39, which named the best Latin American authors.

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