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In 1938, in the midst of the Great Depression, Francis Phelan—former professional baseball player, part-time gravedigger, and full-time vagabond—returns to his native city of Albany, from which he had run away 22 years prior after an unfortunate accident. He is accompanied by Helen, an alcoholic drifter with whom he has shared his life for years now. Upon his return, memories and ghosts from a violent past haunt him at every turn. His reunion with his family, with people and places that witnessed his ...

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Overview

In 1938, in the midst of the Great Depression, Francis Phelan—former professional baseball player, part-time gravedigger, and full-time vagabond—returns to his native city of Albany, from which he had run away 22 years prior after an unfortunate accident. He is accompanied by Helen, an alcoholic drifter with whom he has shared his life for years now. Upon his return, memories and ghosts from a violent past haunt him at every turn. His reunion with his family, with people and places that witnessed his upbringing, contrasted with his 20 years of marginalized and tormented existence, make Francis feel, for the first time in his life, that redemption is possible.

En 1938, en plena Gran Depresión, Francis Phelan—ex jugador profesional de béisbol, sepulturero a tiempo parcial y vagabundo a dedicación completa—vuelve a su ciudad natal, Albany, de la que se había marchado hace 22 años tras un desgraciado accidente. Le acompaña Helen, una errabunda alcohólica con la que comparte su vida desde hace años. A su regreso, los recuerdos y los fantasmas de un pasado violento lo asedian en cada esquina. El reencuentro con su familia, con los paisajes y personas que le vieron crecer, y el contraste de todo ello con sus 20 años de existencia marginal y atormentada, hace que Francis sienta por primera vez en su vida que la redención es posible.

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"Rich in plot and dramatic tension . . . It is almost Joycean in the variety of rhetoric it uses to evoke the texture and sociology of Albany in the 1930s"  —New York Times, on the English-language edition

"A powerfully affecting work, abounding in humor and heartbreak."  —Chicago Tribune Bookworld, on the English-language edition

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788492663484
  • Publisher: Libros del Asteroide
  • Publication date: 11/28/2012
  • Language: Spanish
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.01 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

William Kennedy

William Kennedy is an award-winning writer and journalist. His works include Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, The Ink Truck, and Legs. He lives in Albany, New York. Jordi Fibla is a translator who has translated books by Amy Tan, John Updike, Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, Susan Sontag, Thomas Pynchon, and Toni Morrison.

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