Scars

Scars

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"The most important Argentinian writer since Borges."--The Independent

Juan Jose Saer's Scars explores a crime committed by Luis Fiore, a thirty-nine year old laborer who shot his wife twice in the face with a shotgun; or, rather, it explores the circumstances of four characters who have some connection to the crime: a young reporter, Angel, who lives with his mother and works the courthouse beat; a dissolute attorney who clings to life only for his nightly baccarat game; a misanthropic and dwindling judge who's creating a superfluous translation of The Picture Dorian Gray; and, finally, Luis Fiore himself, who, on May Day, went duck hunting with his wife, daughter, and a bottle of gin.

Each of the stories in Scars explores a fragment in time--be it a day or several months--when the lives of these characters are altered, more or less, by a singular event. Originally published in 1969, Scars marked a watershed moment in Argentinian literature and has since become a modern classic of Latin American literature.

Juan Jose Saer was the leading Argentinian writer of the post-Borges generation. The author of numerous novels and short-story collections (including Scars and La Grande), Saer was awarded Spain's prestigious Nadal Prize in 1987 for The Event.

Steve Dolph is the founder of Calque, a journal of literature in translation. His translation of Juan Jose Saer's Scars was a finalist for the 2012 Best Translated Book Award.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 22.86mm | 388g
  • Rochester, NY, United States
  • English
  • Translation
  • 1934824224
  • 9781934824221
  • 507,952

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"The style throughout is simple, methodical, clear, and lovely in places. Its textures, colours, details and layers are rich, and much is soaked in significance. It s busy and it s clever, but it didn t suffocate or make me feel stupid. It s a book that demands to be re-read."Crystal Jeans, "The New Welsh Review""
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About Juan José Saer

Juan Jose Saer was the leading Argentinian writer of the post-Borges generation. The author of numerous novels and short-story collections (including Scars and La Grande), Saer was awarded Spain's prestigious Nadal Prize in 1987 for The Event.

Steve Dolph is the founder of Calque, a journal of literature in translation. His translation of Juan Jose Saer's Scars was a finalist for the 2012 Best Translated Book Award.
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376 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 32% (122)
4 37% (139)
3 19% (72)
2 8% (31)
1 3% (12)
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