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5.5 X 8.1 X 1.1 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Born in 1962 in Buenos Aires, Marcelo Figueras is an award-winning journalist, screenwriter, and novelist. He has also been a war correspondent and singer. Figueras makes daily contributions to the Spanish-language literary blog El Boomeran: www.elboomeran.com. His books have previously been translated into French, German, Dutch, Polish and Russian; This is his first novel to be published in English.


--Short-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
--An O Magazine Summer Reading Pick

"Funny, wistful, and wise . . . [Kamchatka] suggests that our stories do not end, that heroism lies in one's ability to change, and that we all need a place where we can retreat to before we can learn to face the world again." --Tiffany Sun, O Magazine

"[A] generous, affecting novel."--The New Yorker

"Subtle . . . Brilliantly observed, heartrending."--Financial Times

"[Figueras] vividly evokes a child's reaction to a world beleaguered by violence. . . . [A] hopeful message about the healing powers of imagination and love."--The New York Times

"Haunting . . . Warmhearted . . . [Kamchatka] unfolds with disarming simplicity. . . . Bursting with good humor, with a bittersweet, melancholy shadow, Figueras's superb novel amply illustrates that 'laughing and crying at the same time is something life teaches you without you even noticing.'"--Shelf Awareness

"Interesting and insightful . . . Engrossing, often funny, and very, very unsettling."--The Brooklyn Rail

"Kamchatka is not a nostalgic book. Its narration is unconstrained and light, entwining and sympathetic. . . . Read it, and buy yourself a board game of Risk."--Bookslut

"Stark and immediate, more moving because it is presented without sentimentality . . . [Written] with wry comedy . . . the tenderness breaks your heart."--Booklist

"A masterpiece . . . Written in beautiful prose."--De Telegraaf (Netherlands)

"Interesting and insightful . . . Engrossing, often funny, and very, very unsettling."--The Brooklyn Rail

"Figueras writes with power and insight about the ways in which a child uses imagination to make sense of terrifying and baffling reality."--The Times (UK)

"Tender, severe, moving, elegiac."--El País (Spain)

"Brilliant."--The Independent

"Like Carlos Eire's wonderfully buoyant memoir of pre-revolutionary Cuba, Waiting for Snow in Havana, Figueras chooses to capture the drumbeat of history in the small, offbeat details of a boy's life. . . . Tinged with a doomed innocence that comes shining through Figueras's irrepressible telling . . . Kamchatka is a colorful, unforgettable vision of a boy's--and nation's--attempt to make sense of a descent into darkness and chaos. It is also a moving attempt to recapture the memory of the 'disappeared'--a trick of fate that allows loved ones to re-appear by writing about them."--Words Without Borders Magazine

"Kamchatka is a superb novel that refracts public, political events through the sensibilities of everyday life. . . . Balances adult understanding and a child's interests and anxieties. The language mediates between the two. Think not Melville, but the Mark Twain of Huckleberry Finn, yet starring a Huckleberry Finn who has read Melville. . . . Kamchatka came to me by chance. Don't trust to such luck. Seek it out."--J. Kates. The Arts Fuse (blog)

"This powerful novel brings to life the atmosphere of desperation following Argentina's military coup of 1976. . . . A richly drawn, moving and memorable novel, a fine tribute to 'los desaparecidos, ' Argentina's 'disappeared'"--Irish Examiner

"Figueras's view of military dictatorship strikes a note that lingers for weeks."--Frankfurter Rundschau (Germany)