The Planets

Sergio Chejfec

NOVEL. ALFAGUARA, 2010. 288 PAGES.

A man decides to remember a childhood friend who disappeared during the last Argentine military dictatorship. The setting is Buenos Aires and its suburbs. The memory brings back experiences, climates and events from a childhood friendship. The novel plays with identities and periods in which the only certainty is the definitive absence of an absent friend. It features both simple and fantastic anecdotes reminiscent of Hasidic stories in which everything seems unreal. An examination of the past and a tale about memory, The Planets has been hailed as one of the most lucid literary approaches to the issue of the disappeared yet written: a genuine examination of the meaning of memory from a Jewish perspective.

PUBLISHED BY: Spanish ALFAGUARA | English OPEN LETTER

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