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My Fathers' Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain
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The anticipated American debut of one of Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists: a daring, deeply affecting novel about the secrets buried in the past of an Argentine family.
A young writer, living abroad, makes the journey home to South America to say good-bye to his dying father. In his parents’ house, he finds a cache of documents—articles, maps, photographs—and unwittingly begins to unearth his father’s obsession with the disappearance of a local man. Suddenly he comes face-to-face with the ghosts of Argentina’s dark political past and with the long-hidden memories of his family’s underground resistance against an oppressive military regime. As the fragments of the narrator’s investigation fall into place—revealing not only a part of his father’s life he had tried to forget but also the legacy of an entire generation—this audacious novel tells a completely original story of corruption and responsibility, history and remembrance. 

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Patricio Pron. (2013). My Fathers' Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

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The anticipated American debut of one of Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists: a daring, deeply affecting novel about the secrets buried in the past of an Argentine family.
A young writer, living abroad, makes the journey home to South America to say good-bye to his dying father. In his parents’ house, he finds a cache of documents—articles, maps, photographs—and unwittingly begins to unearth his father’s obsession with the disappearance of a local man. Suddenly he comes face-to-face with the ghosts of Argentina’s dark political past and with the long-hidden memories of his family’s underground resistance against an oppressive military regime. As the fragments of the narrator’s investigation fall into place—revealing not only a part of his father’s life he had tried to forget but also the legacy of an entire generation—this audacious novel tells a completely original story of corruption and responsibility, history and remembrance. 

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      • source: Marcela Valdes, New York Times Book Review
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        "Pron's novel haunts me. Its unsentimental account of what it was like for a child of defeated leftists to grow up in Argentina in the shadow of the 1970s turned my heart upside down."

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      • source: Francisco Goldman, author of Say Her Name
      • content: "This is a brilliant, unforgettable novel. I was so entertained by Patricio Pron's inventive, poetic, deranging sentences that I found myself thinking of Lewis Carroll."
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      • source: Washington Independent Review of Books
      • content: "My Fathers' Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain draws you in and holds your attention like a crime novel. But this absorbing new work is too complex to fit into any ready-made genre . . . Beautifully crafted."
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      • source: Daniel Alarcón, author of Lost City Radio
      • content: "Patricio Pron is an immense talent, a daring writer with an absolutely unique voice. My Fathers' Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain is a marvel."
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      • source: KUER radio
      • content: "This is an extraordinary book, and Pron is an extraordinarily gifted writer."
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      • source: Deborah Levy, author of Swimming Home
      • content: "A modern masterpiece written with beauty and purpose--this is a novel about everything that most matters in the world."
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      • source: Alberto Manguel, author of All Men Are Liars
      • content: "With subtle intelligence, poetic insight, and exquisite style, My Fathers' Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain confirms Pron's position as one of the finest novelists writing in Spanish today."
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      • source: Booklist
      • content: "From a major new voice in Spanish literature, this novel should grant Pron a much-deserved readership in the English-speaking world . . . A melancholy and chilling work of postmodernism, examining family, memory, and what collective fear does to a society."
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      • source: Carolina De Robertis, author of Perla
      • content: "A sublime accomplishment, radiant and wrenching. You'll never see Argentina--or fathers or sons or the human soul--the same way again."
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      • source: Metro (UK)
      • content: "Deeply affecting."
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      • source: Juan Gabriel Vásquez, author of The Informers
      • content: "A moving exploration of guilt and memory, and an unflinching study of what History can do to us. Pron opens his eyes where the rest of us would rather close them and keep them closed."
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        March 11, 2013
        Back home in Argentina to attend to his ill father, a young writer discovers the file his father kept on a recent disappearance and probable murder in his hometown. As he goes through the file, the son discovers not only the sordid details of the crime, but also its victim’s connections to Argentina’s Dirty War—during the ’70s when rightist generals disappeared members of the opposition. Although the novel’s second section consists largely of descriptions (repetitive and ungrammatical) of the attack on the hapless Alberto Burdisso, the book is fundamentally about memory and the consequences of its repression. When the writer—a stand-in for the author, whose father’s addenda to the text can be found on Pron’s blog—realizes that his journalist father was actively involved in the politics of that era, he recalls his childhood, filled with lots of hiding and precautions. The more the son learns, the more he remembers, and the resulting novel looks a great deal like the one he imagines his father writing: “Brief, composed of fragments, with holes where my father couldn’t or didn’t want to remember something.” In the face of denial and forgetting, Pron has stitched the experiences of the activists, their survivors, and those who came later into a narrative that ties the individual to collective memory and a family’s history to a nation’s.

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        March 1, 2013
        A son returns from self-exile and comes to terms with his father's past, and his own, during the military dictatorship in Argentina; the fifth, largely autobiographical novel and American debut from this Argentine writer. It's 2008. The author's alter ego, whom we'll call P., has spent the last eight years in Germany at a university, obliterating his past with huge quantities of pills. Now, at age 33, he returns to Argentina on word that his father, known as Chacho, is in the hospital, dying. P. reunites with his mother and siblings, but his mental fog only lifts as he reads through folders on his father's desk. They contain journalistic reports of a man's 2008 disappearance in Chacho's hometown. The man, Alberto Burdisso, was a 60-year-old maintenance worker at the athletic club and a former schoolmate of Chacho's, whose interest in the case becomes clear with the mention of Burdisso's sister, Alicia. Chacho had been a journalist and a teacher of journalism; also a Peronist and leftist. He had taught Alicia and gotten her involved in politics. When she was "disappeared" by the junta in 1977, Chacho felt responsible for her fate. Alberto's own fate was sealed when the state gave him a sizable sum: reparations for his sister's murder. The money attracted the attention of lowlifes, who threw Alberto down a well, where he died. P. recognizes there's a symmetry between his father's search for justice for Alberto and his own search for Chacho's political identity. His father had been a target of the junta. When his sister reminds P. that their father self-sacrificingly searched their car for bombs before driving them to school, that opens the floodgates of memory. No more pills. P. now has a moral imperative to see that his parents' struggle against the dictatorship must not be forgotten. The concrete details of Alberto's case resonate more than P.'s abstract spiritual odyssey.

        COPYRIGHT(2013) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        May 1, 2013

        One of Granta's Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists, Pron was born in Argentina in 1975 and currently lives in Madrid. His English-language debut features a young writer who returns to Argentina from Germany to be present at the bedside of his dying journalist father. Rummaging through some papers, the younger man learns of his father's all-consuming fascination with the 2008 disappearance of Alberto Burdisso, who was cheated out of his reparation of 200,000 pesos for the politically motivated disappearance of his sister Alicia. As the mystery unravels, the narrator comes to realize that both his activist parents were complicit in Alicia's fate--thus the placement of the apostrophe in the English title. VERDICT With the recent elevation to the papacy of Argentina's Francis I, who himself lived through the terrible times when Argentina's military tortured and "disappeared" thousands of potential political enemies, the subject of Pron's engaging mystery narrative is especially timely. [See Prepub Alert, 11/26/12.]--Jack Shreve, Allegany Coll. of Maryland, Cumberland

        Copyright 2013 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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