Ways of going home
Alejandro Zambra's Ways of Going Home begins with an earthquake, seen through the eyes of an unnamed nine-year-old boy who lives in an undistinguished middleclass housing development in a suburb of Santiago, Chile. When the neighbors camp out overnight, the protagonist gets his first glimpse of Claudia, an older girl who asks him to spy on her uncle Raúl.
In the second section, the protagonist is the writer of the story begun in the first section. His father is a man of few words who claims to be apolitical but who quietly sympathized--to what degree, the author isn't sure--with the Pinochet regime. His reflections on the progress of the novel and on his own life--which is strikingly similar to the life of his novel's protagonist--expose the raw suture of fiction and reality.
Ways of Going Home s witches between author and character, past and present, reflecting with melancholy and rage on the history of a nation and on a generation born too late--the generation which, as the author-narrator puts it, learned to read and write while their parents became accomplices or victims. It is the most personal novel to date from Zambra, the most important Chilean author since Roberto Bolaño.
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|Grouping Title||ways of going home|
|Grouping Author||zambra alejandro|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-05-13 00:36:39AM|
|Last Indexed||2019-05-18 01:16:30AM|
|auth_author2||McDowell, Megan., Strick, Charlotte.|
|author||Zambra, Alejandro, 1975-|
|author2-role||McDowell, Megan., Strick, Charlotte.|
|available_at_gilpin||Gilpin County Public Library|
|detailed_location_gilpin||Gilpin County Public Library - Fiction|
|display_description||The writer son of a quiet sympathizer with the Pinochet regime reflects on the progress of his novel, in which an unnamed boy from a Chilean suburb witnesses an earthquake and meets an older girl who asks him to spy on her uncle.|
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|owning_library_gilpin||Gilpin County Public Library|
|owning_location_gilpin||Gilpin County Public Library|
|record_details||ils:57010|Book|Books|1st American ed.|English|Farrar Straus & Giroux Inc||139 p. ; 20 cm.|
|subject_facet||Chilean literature -- Translations into English, FICTION / Family Life, Families -- Chile -- Fiction, Fiction, Historical|
|title_display||Ways of going home|
|title_full||Ways of going home / Alejandro Zambra ; translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell|
|title_short||Ways of going home|
|topic_facet||Chilean literature, FICTION / Family Life, Families, Translations into English|