The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us

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Renato Cisneros

Translated by Fionn Petch

This is a son’s search for his father - a classic subject, but one which can at times reveal powerful reflections on interconnected histories. This is what happens when the son is Renato Cisneros, a talented writer and a well-known journalist; and when the father is the former Army General Luis Federico ‘El Gaucho’ Cisneros, one of the most important figures in the recent history of Peru.

Renato Cisneros digs into his own family history to understand and demystify the figure of ‘El Gaucho’: the controversial Secretary during the regime of Francisco Morales Bermúdez and, shortly after, the country’s Minister of War. In this book, the intimate perspective and the passage of time reveal the unknown truths about a man, a family and an entire country.

A brave novel, and an emotional and testimonial account, written by someone who finds in words a space of awareness and conciliation.

‘This is a book to set alongside Philip Roth’s Patrimony, the Colombian Héctor Abad’s Oblivion, Paul Auster’s The Invention of Solitude (which Cisneros invokes), Martin Amis’s Experience, Albert Camus’ The First Man, and of course Kafka’s Letter to His Father.’ Thierry Clermont, Le Figaro

‘It’s an impressive book. In writing it the author demonstrates great talent, as well as great courage.’ Mario Vargas Llosa

‘An extraordinary family story … its narrative makes powerful emotions burst… Renato Cisneros delivers here the captivating narrative of a strange and disturbing filiation. A loving and lucid puzzle.’ Le Monde

‘People should read this novel to learn more about themselves.’ Jorge Edwards

‘Cisneros is a phenomenon in Latin America today.’ Jesús Ruiz Mantilla, El País

Publish date: July 2018

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