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This entire novel consists of a discussion between two friends--one who just returned from Europe, the other a young accountant--about a grand birthday party neither one was able to attend. This doesn't stop them from swapping stories and hypotheses, which balloon into a riveting depiction of the complexities of life, especially at the dawn of Argentina's Dirty War.
About the Author
Juan Jose Saer was the leading Argentinian writer of the post-Borges generation. The author of numerous novels and short-story collections (including Scars and La Grande), Saer was awarded Spain's prestigious Nadal Prize in 1987 for The Event. Steve Dolph is the founder of Calque, a journal of literature in translation. His translation of Juan Jose Saer's Scars was a finalist for the 2012 Best Translated Book Award.