Acclaimed Chilean author Antonio Skarmeta returns with a haunting vella about the power of family. Jacques is a school teacher in the small village of Contulmo in Chile and a French translator for the local paper. He owes his passion for the French language to his Parisian father Pierre who, one year before, abruptly returned to France without a word of explanation. Shocked and alienated, Jacques and his mother's sense of abandonment is made more acute by their isolation in this small community where few read or think.
Antonio Skarmeta is a Chilean author who wrote the novel that inspired the 1994 Academy Award-winning movie, Il Postino: The Postman. His fiction has received dozens of awards and has been translated into nearly thirty languages. In 2011 his novel The Days of the Rainbow won the prestigious Premio Iberoamericano Planeta-Casa de America de Narrativa. His play El Plebiscito was the basis for the Oscar-nominated film No. John Cullen is the translator of many books from Spanish, French, German, and Italian, including Yasmina Khadra's Middle East Trilogy (The Swallows of Kabul, The Attack, and The Sirens of Baghdad), Christa Wolf's Medea, Manuel de Lope's The Wrong Blood (Other Press), and Eduardo Sacheri's The Secret in Their Eyes (Other Press). He lives in upstate New York.