A British climber has fallen from a cliffside in Nepal, and lies inert on a ledge below. Two sherpas kneel at the edge, stand, exchange the odd word, waiting for him to move, to make a decision, to descend. In those minutes, the world opens up to Kathmandu, a sun-bleached beach town on another continent, and the pages of Julius Caesar. Mountaineering, colonialism, obligation--in Sebastián Martínez Daniell's effortless prose each breath is crystalline, and the whole world is visible from here.
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About the Author
Sebastián Martínez Daniell was born in Buenos Aires in 1971. He has published three novels, Semana (Week, 2004), Precipitaciones aisladas (Isolated Showers, 2010) and Dos Sherpas (Two Sherpas, 2018). His work has also been included in anthologies such as Buenos Aires / Escala 1:1 (2007), Uno a uno (2008), Hablar de mí (2010) and Golpes. Relatos y memorias de la dictadura (2016). He is one of the co-founders of the independent publisher Entropía and is a literature lecturer at the National University of the Arts in Buenos Aires.
Jennifer Croft won the 2020 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing for _Homesick _and the 2018 Man Booker International Prize for her translation from Polish of Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk's _Flights. _She has also translated Federico Falco's A Perfect Cemetery, Romina Paula's August, Pedro Mairal's The Woman from Uruguay, and Olga Tokarczuk's _The Books of Jacob. _She holds a PhD from Northwestern University and an MFA from the University of Iowa.
"Daniell reveals a fascinating universe in scintillating prose, precisely translated by Croft....It's a stunner." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"An ambitiously inventive, profoundly intelligent trek through highly personal experiences of lingering imperialism." --Kirkus, starred review
"Brilliantly tangential...this book becomes a viewpoint from which we can see the whole world." --The Observer