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From the prize-winning Chilean novelist Antonio Skármeta, 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.

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"Skarmeta treats his characters with a tender hand and, with impressive economy, balances dark humor with a sober and realistic portrait of a stagnant culture whose people are always longing for something better." —Publishers Weekly

"In this jewel of a novella, Chilean Skármeta...exhibits [a] master touch...The beauty of the telling offsets the sadness and desolation of small-town life and the confusions and revelations that Skármeta describes are common to us all." Library Journal

"A cunning little novella." —Shelf Awareness

"[Skarmeta] knows how to use language without overusing language." —Tweed's

"Compelling." —CounterPunch

"It is amazing how, in so few words, Skármeta is brilliantly able to paint the soul's complexities and turn the world into a less uncertain place. With exquisite prose, as faint as a sigh, Skármeta weaves a fun and ironic story of the torturous road toward  maturity.” —Félix J. Palma, author of the New York Times bestseller The Map of Time

"In this spare, but emotionally rich and big-hearted new novella A Distant Father, the prize-winning Chilean author Antonio Skármeta accomplishes his usual magic of rendering with profound dignity the dilemmas of the human heart. Jacques, a young schoolteacher in the small village of Contulmo is on the cusp of a defining moment, a crisis of identity and manhood that unfolds in a masterfully told story. Desire confronts Jacques with life choices that present a clash of values: to stay with his beloved mother in their rustic idyll; to reunite with his abandoning Parisian father and pursue a more cosmopolitan life; or to explore a passionate relationship with the lovely Teresa. A poetic soul who finds beauty in the ordinary—winter apples, spiders building webs in a corner—Jacques’s haunting journey is archetypal and one we all share: becoming a Self. Written with exquisite calligraphic precision, A Distant Father is a book that plunges the reader into longing and loss, possibility and hope, and never strays from the heart’s truths." —Dale M. Kushner, author of The Conditions of Love

"A Distant Father sparkles. It's an exquisite bow to life's absurdity. Antonio Skarmeta's prose is Chaplinesque—at once gentle-sad and drop-dead funny. And he has a magical touch with physical detail: time and again this tiny novella springs alive in our hands like a pop-up book." —Leah Hager Cohen, author of No Book but the World

"An enchanting, touching memory of what it feels like to grow up, and the ambivalent knowledge one gains in the meantime." —Nürnberger Zeitung

"A Distant Father reads just like a summer love story right before coming of age: painful, but at the same time beautiful." —Berliner Zeitung

"Antonio Skármeta is a cardiac surgeon who is working with words instead of a scalpel." —Osnabrücker Zeitung

"Skarmeta’s narrative reminds me of fairy tales. Odd fairy tales without fairies and without ogres and without spells, but with just absolutely common people instead. It’s the magic of the commonplace.”  —O Globo

"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

"Poetic." —El Periódico de Catalunya
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Antonio Skármeta 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 novelThe Days of the Rainbow won the prestigious Premio Iberoamericano Planeta-Casa de América de Narrativa. His playEl 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.

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