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The Absent Sea

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The Absent Sea is the English-language debut of one of the most important Chilean novelists living, a major novel that hovers between real history and timeless mythology. The events concern the early days of the Pinochet regime, and then pick up twenty years later, just after the return to democracy.
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published June 17th 2011 by McPherson (first published June 1st 2011)
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Jeff Scott
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
There are times in our lives in which we must face something unthinkable. We must face our fears with no one around for guidance or support, isolated. The decision we make in that moment can often define who we are. When facing pure evil and with many lives at stake could we make the right decision? Furthermore, should we judge those placed in that position? These are some of the points made in Franz's The Absent Sea. Set upon the backdrop of Pampa Hundida, an isolated spot in Chile, spanning fr ...more
Mythili
Jun 10, 2011 rated it liked it
“Where were you Mamá, when all those horrible things were taking place in your city?” This question, put to Laura by her daughter Claudia, is what has drawn The Absent Sea’s protagonist back to the fictional town of Pampa Hundida at the start of novelist Carlos Franz’s exploration of the turbulent aftermath of Chile’s 1973 coup.

Pampa Hundida is a recurring setting for Franz’s work. He places it in the northern part of the country, an oasis hidden in the Atacama desert; he has described it as “a
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Brittany
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
While constantly jerking its readers back and forth from the past to the present, this novel maintains just enough suspense as to what exactly has happened to its main characters. Sometimes you think you know, and you may be almost right, but it always exceeds your imagination. It perfectly weaves a domino effect of time to show how the scars of past days never quite fade away. From a roller coaster of a mother/daughter relationship, to the extinguished ashes of a once-upon-a-time love, to the t ...more
Donald
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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