Carolina De Robertis
Published by Knopf March 30, 2012
“Propulsive and emotionally gripping.“
–PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, a starred review
“Affecting and elegantly written.
“Perla is a young university student who’s spent much of her life keeping a dark secret: Her father was a naval officer who during the late 1970s and early ’80s helped round up the ‘disappeared,’ dissidents who were arrested and executed by the military regime, often dropped into the Atlantic Ocean from airplanes. That dark history has shaped her friendships and complicated her romantic relationship with a journalist investigating the Dirty War.
“But that legacy becomes unavoidable to her when a man appears in Perla’s home. He’s a ghost of one of the disappeared, but also quite real. His surreal presence unlocks a host of memories for Perla, and the novel alternates between her perspective, as she recalls her difficult relationship with her father, and the stranger’s perspective, as he recalls the horrific rapes and other abuses he suffered while in military custody.
“An elegantly written and affecting meditation on life in the wake of attrocity.”
“Lyrically combines into reality both the fantastic and the horrific.“
–Annie Bostrom, BOOKLIST, a starred review
Meet the author: Carolina De Robertis will be the next featured writer at the Knopf Doubleday Author Series at Macaulay in Manhattan. She will read from and sign copies of PERLA on Tuesday, April 24th at 7 pm. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY is located at 35 W 67th St. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged.
Visit Carolina De Robertis’s website and watch an interview in which she discusses the dark past of Argentinian dictatorship.
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