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The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zeran

The Anglo Chilean Society has supported Alia Trabucco Zerán with a donation of £1500 from our Alan Macdonald Endowment. The grant will help the Chilean author to take part in a series of events in the UK in October 2018 to launch the English translation of her novel The Remainder. During Ms. Trabucco Zerán’s stay she will participate in several important cultural activities in London, Birmingham, Durham, Edinburgh and other cities around the UK. These will include a reading at the Birmingham Literary Festival on 6th October and another at Durham Book Festival on 14th October.

The Reminder by Alia Trabucco Zerán

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 in 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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