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My Father's Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain

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My Father's Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain

A young writer, living abroad, returns home to his native Argentina to say goodbye 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 long-forgotten memories of his family's resistance against an oppressive military regime.

Told through the fragments of the narrator's investigation—as he pieces together not only a portrait of his father but also the legacy of an entire generation—My Father's Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain is a completely original story of family and remembrance: an audacious accomplishment by an acclaimed new voice.

A young writer, living abroad, returns home to his native Argentina to say goodbye 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 long-forgotten memories of his family's resistance against an oppressive military regime.

Told through the fragments of the narrator's investigation—as he pieces together not only a portrait of his father but also the legacy of an entire generation—My Father's Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain is a completely original story of family and remembrance: an audacious accomplishment by an acclaimed new voice.

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  • Patricio Pron, born in 1975, is the author of three story collections and four previous novels and 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 Award and the Jaén Novel Prize. He lives in Madrid.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 11, 2013
    Back home in Argentina to attend to his ill father, a young writer discovers the file his father kept on a recent disappearance and probable murder in his hometown. As he goes through the file, the son discovers not only the sordid details of the crime, but also its victim’s connections to Argentina’s Dirty War—during the ’70s when rightist generals disappeared members of the opposition. Although the novel’s second section consists largely of descriptions (repetitive and ungrammatical) of the attack on the hapless Alberto Burdisso, the book is fundamentally about memory and the consequences of its repression. When the writer—a stand-in for the author, whose father’s addenda to the text can be found on Pron’s blog—realizes that his journalist father was actively involved in the politics of that era, he recalls his childhood, filled with lots of hiding and precautions. The more the son learns, the more he remembers, and the resulting novel looks a great deal like the one he imagines his father writing: “Brief, composed of fragments, with holes where my father couldn’t or didn’t want to remember something.” In the face of denial and forgetting, 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 "In the face of denial and forgetting, 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."
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