Fracture | Granta

  • Published: 11/06/2020
  • ISBN: 9781783785131
  • Granta Books
  • 368 pages

Fracture

Andrés Neuman

Translated by Nick Caistor, Lorenza Garcia

He showed me his scars, a fine mesh covering his forearms and back like internal branches, as if he were carrying a tree. Then he saw mine. We felt light, a little ugly and very beautiful. Two survivors.

Fracture
is a story about the beauty that emerges from broken things.

Mr. Watanabe is a victim of one of the largest collective traumas of the last century, and a fugitive from his own memory. A survivor of the atomic bombs dropped in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, he has evaded the trauma of those experiences for most of his adult life. When the earthquake which precedes the Fukushima nuclear disaster strikes, the past becomes present, and Mr Watanabe begins a journey that will change everything. Meanwhile, four women based in Paris, New York, Buenos Aires, and Madrid tell their own stories of knowing and loving Mr Watanabe to an enigmatic Argentine journalist, their intimate criss-crossed perspectives revealing how each human event expands far beyond the place it occurred and how every society remembers and forgets it catastrophes.

Written with compassion, intimacy and purpose, Fracture encompasses some of the most urgent political, social and environmental questions of contemporary life, about collective trauma, memory and love. Already a sensation in Spain, it is major work of imagination from the prize-winning and highly acclaimed Argentinian author.

This book's beautiful, gold-fissured jacket, designed by Jamie Keenan, pays tribute to [kintsugi]... Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia have produced a supremely elegant translation... There are fascinating disquisitions here into cultural difference, language, illness, fear and grief

TLS

Traversing languages and cultures, decades and generations, Fracture unites its many fragments to form a powerful and redemptive vision of a single, and unbroken, human life. A searching, humane, and vital novel

Eleanor Catton

One of the things I love about Andrés Neuman's work is how he restores writing as the most powerful source of knowledge. This dazzling and devastating novel is a terrific demonstration of that

Alejandro Zambra

The Author

ANDRÉS NEUMAN’s Fracture was shortlisted for the Premio Dulce Chacón and the Premio San Clemente Rosalía-Abanca, and is on the longlist for the Premio Gregor von Rizzori. His novel Traveller of the Century (2012) won the Alfaguara Prize and the National Critics Prize, and was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Talking to Ourselves (2014) was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize. Neuman was named one of the original Bogotá39, and one of Granta‘s Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and now lives in Granada, Spain.

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The Translator

Nick Caistor is a British translator of works in Spanish, French and Portuguese. He lived in Argentina for a number of years, where he was the BBC Latin America analyst. He has translated more than seventy works of fiction, including those of authors such as Isabel Allende, Roberto Arlt, Mario Benedetti, Julio Cortázar, María Dueñas, Fogwill, Juan Marsé, Eduardo Mendoza, Juan Carlos Onetti and José Saramago.

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The Translator

Lorenza Garcia was born and brought up in England. She spent her early twenties living and working in Iceland and Spain. In 1998 she graduated from Goldsmiths with a first-class honors degree in Spanish and Latin American studies. She moved to France in 2001, where she lived for seven years. Since 2006 she has translated and co-translated more than thirty novels and works of nonfiction from the French, the Spanish, and the Icelandic.

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Andrés Neuman on Granta.com

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Fracture

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‘Sometimes, in the midst of one of our arguments, he would say to me sadly, I understand you more if I understand less.’

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Happiness

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‘My name is Marcos. I’ve always wanted to be Cristóbal.’

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‘And questions, more than heroes, are the material from which good stories are made.’