Alia Trabucco Zerán

Novel Writers: Alia Trabucco Zerán

The Remainder

Novel Writers/
Thu 07 March 2019

Novel Writers: Alia Trabucco Zerán

The Remainder

Alia Trabucco Zerán
Thu 07 March 2019,

Each month we invite a debut novelist to read from and talk about their work in an informal setting. Topics of discussion include theme, structure, inspiration and the craft of writing. These sessions are a great way to discover new writing talent and great books. In March, Alia Trabucco Zerán talks about her debut novel The Remainder. 

Santiago, Chile. The city is covered in ash. Three children of ex-militants are facing a past they can neither remember nor forget. Felipe sees dead bodies on every corner of the city, counting them up in an obsessive quest to square these figures with the official death toll. He is searching for the perfect zero, a life with no remainder. Iquela and Paloma, too, are searching for a way to live on. When the body of Paloma’s mother is lost in transit, the three take a hearse and a bottle of pisco up the cordillera for a road trip with a difference. Intense, intelligent, and extraordinarily sensitive to the shape and weight of words, this remarkable debut presents a new way to count the cost of a pain that stretches across generations.

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