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Mairal's quickening prose moves from the ordinary to the opulent . . . without skipping a beat. The Missing Year of Juan Salvatierra will surely leave some readers thinking of Henry James's tragicomic accounts of the artist's life."
--Jed Perl, The New Republic
Mairal isn't your old college literature professor's idea of an Argentine novelist.
--The Los Angeles Times
Affirms Pedro Mairal's stature as one of the most significant Argentine writers working today.
--David Leavitt, author of Shelter in Place and The Two Hotel Francforts
This enigmatic novel delights in its understated style.
Pedro Mairal's The Missing Year of Juan Salvatierra... repeatedly provides the reader with such a satisfying sense of closure that one is temped to dive right back in after finishing that slender novel so as to luxuriate in those 39 last phrases and paragraphs ... Mairal is a master craftsman comparable to compatriot Jorge Luis Borges.
--The Critical Flame
"The language is brilliant; pages overflow with fresh ideas and colorful descriptions ... The story is compelling, of course, but it is the language, my god the language that does the gripping. It is Mairal's descriptions--so vivid, so rich and exact--that make this book so enchanting a read."
--The Coffin Factory
The Missing Year of Juan Salvatierra is an engaging celebration of art as a force of nature, the fragile yet indomitable demand for possibility despite the constraints of a torpid existence.
--The Arts Fuse
At large (and for such a small book it's remarkably outsize), The Missing Year is a bucolic, yet sumptuous family drama on the River Uruguay that is also a quiet farce of the international art market.