"Do you recognize Skarmeta's name? No? He wrote the novel that inspired that pretty little academy award winning movie Il Postino (The Postman). His is yet another lovely and insistent voice from a literary tradition that winds its way from Cervantes to Garcia Lorca to Garcia Marquez to Bolano and into the present. This is a gentle story told without baroque excess or elaborate artifice or rhetorical flourish. Sometimes small and simple is best."— Conrad Silverberg
From the prize-winning Chilean novelist Antonio Skarmeta, author of Il Postino, comes this soulful novella about a son and his estranged father
Jacques is a schoolteacher in a small Chilean village, and a French translator for the local paper. He owes his passion for the French language to his Parisian father, Pierre, who, one year before, abruptly returned to France without a word of explanation. Jacques and his mother's sense of abandonment is made more acute by their isolation in this small community where few read or think. While Jacques finds distraction in a crush on his student's older sister, his preoccupation with his father's disappearance continues to haunt him. But there is often more to a story than the torment it causes. This one is about forgiveness and second chances.
About the Author
Antonio Skarmeta is a Chilean author who wrote the novel that inspired the 1994 Academy Award-winning movie, Il Postino: The Postman. His fiction has received dozens of awards and has been translated into nearly thirty languages. In 2011 his novel The Days of the Rainbow won the prestigious Premio Iberoamericano Planeta-Casa de America de Narrativa. His play El Plebiscito was the basis for the Oscar-nominated film No. John Cullen is the translator of many books from Spanish, French, German, and Italian, including Yasmina Khadra's Middle East Trilogy (The Swallows of Kabul, The Attack, and The Sirens of Baghdad), Christa Wolf's Medea, Manuel de Lope's The Wrong Blood (Other Press), and Eduardo Sacheri's The Secret in Their Eyes (Other Press). He lives in upstate New York.
"Each fragrant line of A DISTANT FATHER is in just the right place. Without excess, every word is positioned with the precision of an artist who works with their eyes closed, fluidly. Without artifice, without sterile rhetoric, and without pyrotechnics." --La vanguardia
"A distinct and seductive narrative." --La vanguardia
"Poetic." --El Periódico de Catalunya