Tierra del Fuego

By Francisco Coloane; Howard Curtis (Translator)
(Europa Editions, Paperback, 9781933372631, 187pp.)

Publication Date: November 2008

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?Francisco Coloane is the Jack London of our times.? ?Alvaro Mutis
These spellbinding stories of adventure and discovery are populated with explorers, fortune hunters, revolutionaries, seafarers, ship's captains, and smugglers. But the undeniable protagonist in all nine stories is nature itself. Southern Chile, the world's end, with its severe beauty?cold, treacherous, desolate?finds its ideal poet in Francisco Coloane. In his stories, this stern landscape rises like a definitive symbol of the elementary and ceaseless drama of human conflict. Coloane is a master storyteller, deftly distilling the universal from the particular and the extreme. But no abstraction of this kind can do these tales justice. Their enduring beauty lies in the forceful, gripping narrative, and the elements that move it: men's crimes and passions, and the land's breathtaking glory and murderous wrath.
?Long arms, arms like rivers, are necessary to fully embrace Francisco Coloane. Or perhaps it's necessary to be a squall of wind, gusting over him beard and all. Otherwise, take a seat across the table from him and analyze the question, study him deeply; you will surely end by drinking a bottle of wine with Francisco and happily postponing the matter to some later date. Pablo Neruda

About the Author

Jose Carlos Llop is the author of the novels La camara de ambar(Muchnick, 1996;finalist Prix Jean Monnet de Litteratures Europeennes 2011), El informe Stein(Muchnik, 1995 / RBA, 2008;Prix Ecureuil de litterature etrangere 2008), Hablame del tercer hombre(Muchnik, 2001 / RBA, 2011), El mensajero de Argel(Destino, 2005) andParis: suite 1940(RBA, 2007). He has also written the two books of short storiesPasaporte diplomatico(El Aleph, 1991) andLa novela del siglo(NH Award for the Best Book of Short Stories 1999, El Aleph, 1999). He has publishednine books of poetry and is the author of five volumes of diaries. His latest works areEn la ciudad sumergida(RBA, 2010), an essay on Mallorca that gotthe Special Mention by the Jury of the 2013 Prix Mediterranee Etranger, andSolsticio(RBA, 2013).
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