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Open Letter
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5.4 X 0.9 X 8.4 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Guillermo Saccomanno is the author of numerous novels and story collections, including El buen dolor, winner of the Premio Nacional de Literatura, and 77 and Gesell Dome, both of which won the Dashiell Hammett Prize. (Both available from Open Letter.) He also received Seix Barral's Premio Biblioteca Breve de Novela for El oficinista and the Rodolfo Walsh Prize for nonfiction for Un maestro. Critics tend to compare his works to those of Balzac, Zola, Dos Passos, and Faulkner.

Andrea G. Labinger is the translator of more than a dozen works from the Spanish, including books by Ana María Shua, Liliana Heker, Luisa Valenzuela, and Alicia Steimberg, among others.


Winner of the 2008 Hammett Award

"77 is a taut historical thriller with noir overtones. . . . As his characters grapple with love, allegiance, and daily life under a dictatorship, every action is a form of resistance."--Foreword Reviews

"77 sings a dark song of one man's struggle to stay human when the inhumane lurks on every corner and the day-to-day reality of his world is curdled by the struggle between unchecked power and subversive acts."--Ross Nervig, Southwest Review

"A great novel. . . . I am--as we all should be--grateful for 77 and all novels like it."--Patrick Nathan, Full Stop

"Like Twin Peaks reimagined by Roberto Bolaño, Gesell Dome is a teeming microcosm in which voices combine into a rich, engrossing symphony of human depravity."--Publishers Weekly

In prickly, energized language, Saccomanno . . . captures the fearfulness of those living under dictatorship."--Library Journal

"Cynical and funny: a yarn worthy of a place alongside Cortázar and Donoso."--Kirkus Reviews

"By using a narrator who is not shocked, who does not look away from anything, Saccomanno shines a gruesome, graphic light on what people are willing to ignore so that their comfort remains intact."--Kim Fay, Los Angeles Review of Books

"77 is ostensibly a novel about Argentina's Dirty War; it is also a book about reconciling inaction with survival."--World Literature Today

"77 is, among other things, a potent reminder of the gruesome paths of totalitarian dictators."--Lew Whittington, New York Journal of Books

"A choral, savage, and ruthless work, considered to be the great Argentine social novel."--Europa Press