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The Absent Sea by Carlos Franz

April 29, 2011 12:00 am

Americas Society

The Absent Sea by Carlos Franz
Book presentation (in English and Spanish)
Thursday, April 28, 7:00 pm
Americas Society/Council of the Americas
680 Park Avenue (@ 68th St)
Free admission

Award-winning Chilean author Franz (b. 1959) and his translator, Leland H. Chambers, will read bilingually from the author’s novel El desierto (2005; La Nación-Sudamericana Prize), published in translation as The Absent Sea by McPherson & Company. The novel explores the subject of the disappeared and, particularly, complicity during the Pinochet dictatorship (1973-90). Franz, who was a member of the writing workshop taught by José Donoso, is an exponent of “The New Chilean Narrative” of the 1990s, a movement whose writers have distanced themselves from the tradition of magic realism in Latin American literature. He has lived in Santiago, London, and Berlin, and now resides in Madrid.

Kirkus Reviews praised The Absent Sea as “dark, brilliant, and disturbing.”

Reservations required.
Americas Society Members: Reserve at [email protected]
Non-Members: Reserve online.

Co-presented by McPherson & Company. With the collaboration of the Co-presented by McPherson & Company. With the collaboration of the Consulate General of Chile in New York, InterAmericas®, and Words Without Borders.

The event is presented as part of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature. For more information, visit

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