Purgatory (Paperback)

A Novel

By Tomás Eloy Martínez, Frank Wynne (Translated by)

Bloomsbury USA, 9781608197118, 288pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2011

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Simón Cardoso had been dead for thirty years when Emilia Dupuy, his wife, found him at lunchtime in the dining room of Trudy Tuesday. So begins Purgatory, the final and perhaps most personal work of the great Latin American novelist Tomás Eloy Martínez. Emilia Dupuy's husband vanished in the 1970s, while the two were mapping an Argentine country road. All evidence seemed to confirm that he was among the thousands disappeared by the military regime. Yet Emilia never stopped believing that the disappeared man would reappear. And then he does, in New Jersey. And for Simón, no time at all has passed. In Martínez's hands, this love story and ghost story becomes a masterful allegory for history political and personal, and for a country's inability to integrate its past with its present.

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"A master novel...I got choked up, I suffered, I enjoyed."-Mario Vargas Llosa

About the Author

Tomás Eloy Martínez was born in Argentina in 1934. During the military dictatorship, he lived in exile in Venezuela where he wrote his first three books, all of which were republished in Argentina in 1983, in the first months of democracy. He was until his death in January 2010 a professor and director of the Latin American Program at Rutgers University. He was shortlisted for the 2005 International Man Booker Prize.

Frank Wynne has translated numerous books from both French and Spanish into English, including the work of Michel Houellebecq, Marcelo Figueras, and Jules Verne. His accolades as a translator include the Scott Moncrieff Prize, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Festival Prize.