My Fathers' Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain (Paperback)
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.
About the Author
Patricio Pron, born in 1975, is the author of three story collections and four previous novels, and he also works as a translator and critic. His fiction has appeared in Granta, Zoetrope: All-Story and The Paris Review, and has received numerous prizes, including the Juan Rulfo Short Story Prize and the Jaén Novel Prize. He lives in Madrid.
Praise for My Fathers' Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain…
“Enthralling.” —The New Yorker
“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.” —Daniel Alarcón, author of Lost City Radio
“Pron’s novel haunts me. [It] turned my heart upside down. . . . [He] is brilliant on the topic of growing up in the aftermath of heroic collapse.” —Marcela Valdes, The New York Times Book Review
“Startlingly brilliant. . . . As the book progresses Pron’s intense and exquisitely described interiority of the early parts slowly falls prey to the pull of a personal, communal, and national history that ever more firmly stakes it claims on the narrator.” —The Daily Beast
“[A] moving meditation on trauma, memory, and home, beautifully translated. . . . [Pron] probes the thorniest of ontological and epistemological questions, [and] compellingly displays—as well as explores—fiction's power to unearth the most deeply buried emotional truths.” —The Independent (London)
“A riveting story, elegantly translated.” —Counterpunch
“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.” —Juan Gabriel Vásquez, author of The Sound of Things Falling
“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.” —Francisco Goldman, author of Say Her Name
“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.” —Washington Independent Review of Books
“This is an extraordinary book, and Pron is an extraordinarily gifted writer.” —KUER radio
“A modern masterpiece written with beauty and purpose—this is a novel about everything that most matters in the world.” —Deborah Levy, author of Swimming Home
“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.” —Alberto Manguel, author of All Men Are Liars
“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.”—Publishers Weekly
“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.” —Booklist
“A sublime accomplishment, radiant and wrenching. You’ll never see Argentina—or fathers or sons or the human soul—the same way again.” —Carolina De Robertis, author of Perla
“Deeply affecting.” —Metro (UK)
“Hugely rewarding and deeply unsettling.” —New York Journal of Books