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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
May 23, 2023
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About the Author
Carlos Fonseca was born in Costa Rica, grew up in Puerto Rico, and studied in the United States. He was selected by the Hay Festival as part of the Bogotá39 group (2017), by Granta magazine as one of its twenty-five best young Spanish-language writers (2021), and by the Encyclopaedia Britannica as one of the twenty most promising writers in the world for its "Young Shapers of the Future" (2022). His previous novels are Colonel Lágrimas and Natural History, both translated by Megan McDowell. His work has been translated into more than ten languages. He is a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. Megan McDowell has translated many of the most important Latin American writers working today. Her translations have won the National Book Award, the English PEN award, the Premio Valle Inclán, and the O. Henry Prize, and have been nominated four times for the International Booker Prize. Her short story translations have been featured in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, Tin House, McSweeney's, and Granta, among other publications. In 2020 she won an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is from Richmond, Kentucky, and lives in Santiago, Chile.
"Austral is a masterly voyage of discovery, both physical and intellectual."
--Anderson Tepper, The New York Times Book Review
--Alejandro Varela, author of The Town of Babylon "In Austral, Fonseca has created a profoundly literary project: to search for the traces of that journey of no return to who we used to be, and to leave a free and joyful record of his unexpected findings discoveries."
--Alia Trabucco Zerán, author of The Remainder "Austral is a tender and thoughtful exploration of the painful irony of being alive and our attempts to make sense of the past as well as the present. Carlos Fonseca has written a book that is like a beautiful maze where we can discover new treasures at each turn."
--Katharina Volckmer, author of The Appointment "A beautifully knotted novel which unfolds with every traced layer of its deeply affecting narrative along side a meditation on memory, mystery and vanishing. Sebaldian in its turns, Austral is a novel of profound questions."
--Guy Gunaratne, author of Mister, Mister "Carlos Fonseca is one of today's most promising Latin American novelists, and Austral - a reflection on identity, rootlessness and violence, written in admirable prose - is his most ambitious, most complex and most accomplished novel to date"
--Javier Cercas, author of Even the Darkest Night "[A] tour de force."
--Booklist "As a study of the confusions of history and the challenge of language to get the story right, it's an admirably complex, intellectually searching work."