A Perfect Cemetery

Category: Book
Translated By: Croft, Jennifer
By (author): Falco, Federico
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Hispanic & Latino
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
Publisher: Charco Press
Published: April 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 175
Size: 7.80in x 5.08in x 0.58in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

Childhood does not last long in the Argentine mountains of Córdoba, and adult lives fall apart quickly. In disarming, darkly humorous stories, Federico Falco explores themes of obsessive love, romantic attachment and the strategies we must find to cope with death and painful longing.In the middle of a blizzard a widow watches the ruin of her late-husband's garden, until suddenly she sees a woman running naked in the falling snow. After telling her parents she is abandoning her Christian faith, a girl becomes infatuated with a Mormon missionary who reminds her of a boy killed in her village years before. When his family's home is lost, a father desperately offers his daughter's hand in marriage to anyone who will take them in. And a town's mayor tries to fulfill his father's dying wish- to design the perfect cemetery.

Review Quote*

"These rich and authentic portraits of Argentinian lives are well worth seeking out...You could imagine Alastair McLeod or John McGahern paying homage. (5 stars)"-RTÉ

"Expansive and ingeniously crafted-an unforgettable collection."-Kirkus, starred review

"The quiet assurance with which Falco addresses rural environments represents a departure recalling the perspectives of writers from the northern hemisphere such as Denis Johnson, Knut Hamsun or Tobias Wolff."-The Times Literary Supplement

"Falco proves himself as a fine storyteller."-Publishers Weekly

"Falco is a master of the short story.""-Martin MacInnes, author of INFINITE GROUND and GATHERING EVIDENCE

"Each powerful story captivates and I cannot recommend this collection enough."-Morning Star

"When people praise Chekhov, stories like this are what they're thinking of."-James Crossley, Madison Books

Books to watch out for in 2021.-Irish Times

"Perfectly honed... [Falco's] skill is apparent in the originality of these plots, the economy and naturalness of the characters' conversations, and in the meticulous observation of a gesture that may encapsulate whole central motifs"-Ñ Magazine

"The succinctness of the plotlines in these stories is inversely proportional to their vast narrative expanse, to everything the writing is able to carve out between the sharply curtailed dialogues and all that simmers underneath."-La Nación

Biographical Note

Federico Falco is an Argentinian writer and poet. He holds a BA in Communications from Blas Pascal University in Argentina and an MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish from New York University. In 2004, he was given the Young Writers Award by the Spanish Cultural Centre of Córdoba, Argentina. In 2005, he received a grant for improvement from the National Trust for the Arts of Argentina, and in 2009, a scholarship from New York University and the Banco Santander Foundation. Granta selected him as oneof The Best of Young Spanish Language Novelists in 2010.

Jennifer Croft is the author of Homesick and Serpientes y escaleras and the co-winner with Nobel Laureate Olga Tokarczuk of The International Booker for the novel Flights. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literary Studies from Northwestern University and an MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Review Daily,The Paris Review Daily, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Granta, Tin House, BOMB, n+1, Guernica, The Guardian,The Chicago Tribune and elsewhere.