A House in Chile

Roberto Brodsky

NOVEL, LITERATURA RANDOM HOUSE, 2015. 256 PAGES.

A Chilean playwright reluctantly entering his fiftieth year returns to Santiago to make the final arrangements for the sale of the family home in the Ñuñoa neighbourhood. However, his tenants, a pair of old friends, do everything they can to stall the deal, making it a much more complicated process than it had seemed at first. Meanwhile, the protagonist finds himself beset by bouts of lust and uncertainty in which his life is turned upside down by a series of meetings with very different women. But what most unsettles him are the ghosts from his personal past and the history of the country, which come traumatically to the fore on the fortieth anniversary of the coup d'etat.

Told in a vertiginous second person replete with sophisticated reflections and images, A House in Chile confirms Roberto Brodsky's talent for creating scenes and characters that linger in the memory while maintaining the characteristic mixture of humour, irritation and melancholy that are his defining traits as an author.

 

PUBLISHED BY: Spanish LITERATURA RANDOM HOUSE

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