Childhood does not last long in the Argentine mountains of Córdoba, and adult lives fall apart quickly. Federico Falco explores themes of obsessive love, romantic attachment and the strategies we must find to cope with death and painful longing.
A brief collection, no story stretching beyond 45 wide-margined pages, and can easily be enjoyed in a single sitting. But try to resist such temptation. Every word and sentence, including those of Croft’s sincere and illuminating note 'On Conversation' that concludes the volume, should be savored, consumed in a rush only during those moments when you’re flying down the summer streets with Silvi on her bicycle as she searches for the boy she believes she loves.
A collection of mordant and finely crafted stories in which characters lose their faith, fall headlong into romantic obsession, and challenge the strains of familial obligation ... straightforward in plot and yet unfold with narrative richness and ambition, depicting a landscape that is as vivid and alive as the characters who inhabit it ... Sharp, natural, and often humorous dialogue is rendered expertly through translator Croft’s finely tuned ear to colloquial Argentinian Spanish, and places are described with a richness that evokes the protagonists’ psychological depths, recalling the stories of Juan Rulfo and Julio Cortázar ... Expansive and ingeniously crafted—an unforgettable collection.
Falco meditates on a series of outsiders in his sturdy English-language debut, a story collection ... And the title story tracks a cemetery designer’s attempts to build a perfect resting place for a 104-year-old man. Throughout, Falco revels in the unease generated by opposite personalities. While not every story dazzles, Falco proves himself as a fine storyteller.