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The disappeared man's sister was a political activist, like the narrator's family, and she too disappeared in the s during the reign of Argentina's military junta. But the memory of her story is suppressed, partly due to the residual fear of that era but also the unwillingness of those who survived to confront the past.
This is a highly stylized novel in which the reader is required to assemble much of the plot from the documents presented. The narrator takes great pains to point out the grammatical and factual errors in the newspaper reports and other documents, which is actually quite irritating after a while.
The chapter numbers are sometimes out of sequence. In Part One we jump from chapter 42 to 45 and then a few pages later from 47 to Or is it simply bad editing?
Latest Review: "My Fathers' Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain" by Patricio Pron
The resulting experience is challenging but hugely rewarding—and deeply unsettling. Tony Bailie is an Irish novelist, poet, journalist and travel writer. His novel A Verse to Murder is available as an ebook on Kindle. His previous two novels, ecopunks and The Lost Chord , are available as paperbacks.
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A new novel, Footnotes , is forthcoming. He has also had two collections of poems published: Coill and The Tranquillity of Stone. Enter your keywords. Holes appear in its numbered fragments — a missing No. When he gets sick, the sequence turns feverish: 22, 11, 9, 26, 3.
My Fathers' Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain
Only when his father sinks into a coma, in August , does this bruised soul finally return to Argentina. Why did they disappear? How is his father connected to them? Suspense swells through the early sections, as Pron nests mystery within mystery, carefully tending the big enigma: What trauma drove the narrator to Germany, and into the fuzzy comfort of pills?
Looking back. In all of these books, silence is an infection, and coming-of-age requires airing the secrets of dictatorship.