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Alia Trabucco Zerán

The Remainder

Santiago, Chile. The city is covered in ash. Three children of ex-militants are facing a past they can neither remember nor forget. Felipe sees dead bodies on every corner in the city, counting them up in an obsessive quest to square these figures with the official death toll. He is searching for the perfect zero, a life with no remainder. Iquela and Paloma, too, are searching for a way to live on. When the body of Paloma’s mother gets lost in transit, the three take a hearse and a bottle of pisco up the cordillera for a road trip with a difference. Intense, intelligent, and extraordinarily sensitive to the shape and weight of words, this remarkable debut presents a new way to count the cost of a pain that stretches across generations.

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  • October 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the referendum that ousted Pinochet, on 5th October 1988.
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Print status: Upcoming
Translator: Sophie Hughes
Original language: Spanish
Format: B-format paperback
Publication date: 4 October 2018
ISBN: 9781911508328
Ebook ISBN: 9781911508335
Availability: UK, Europe and Commonwealth (excl. Canada)
Number of pages: 208

Reviews

Antonio Skármeta
El Mercurio

‘A triumphant debut.’

Rodrigo Pinto
El Mercurio

‘The sharpest, most incisive reprieve from novels dealing with the dictatorship by writers like Bolaño, Marín, Cerda y Varas.'

Patricia Espinosa
Las Ultimas Noticias

‘One of the best publications of 2015.’

Alba Lara
Iowa Literaria

‘A Chilean road trip reveals new ways to think about historical memory.’

Bárbara Pérez
‘Granta en Español, 5 years later’, Instrucciones de Uso

The Remainder redefines the political novel . . . The voices in The Remainder are some of the most powerful to have come out of Latin America in the last year.'

Edmundo Paz Soldán, author and professor of Latin American literature at Cornell University

The Remainder controls a remarkable range of registers (it is, by turns, lyrical, elegiac, sensual, funny, tragic) . . . The author of The Remainder, like her characters, is obsessed with words, those ‘cracks in language’ that house our particular ways of understanding things; thanks, among other things, to the meticulous, obsessive attention to detail of her language, this novel is sure to endure.’