- Publisher: UniRío
- Edition: 2nd
- Available in: Paperback
- ISBN: 978-987-688-273-6
- Published: July 1, 2018
(De cómo llegó la nieve; Volume I of the trilogy The Ballad of the Exiled)
An epic hero –who is also a collective hero– undergoes the dispossession of exile after facing repression and death.
- New publication after three decades since its first appearance in Spain
- The medieval epic poem of Mio Cid is combined with the European cinematography of Resnais and Camus’ absurdism
How the Snow Came tells the traumatic experience of exile, the forced displacement from homeland, which was also the beginning of a poetic that explores the origin of a narration: one that seeks to explain, but also to heal.
In these fictions, memory seems to be threatened constantly by the stubborn insistence of oblivion and the evil seduction of simulation. To remember, to denounce the barbarisms of history, to witness the violence of State terrorism, to record everyday life in a foreign country (both hardships and missed encounters) requires to be passionate about a kind of writing that does not rely on direct references or totalizing explanations (a kind of writing that gets pleasure from fragments and oblique trajectories).
In How the Snow Came, there clearly remains the essentially dramatic character, the pure anguish, the visceral uncommunication of exile, the perplexity before the absurdity of death, the intimate discovery of a distorted feeling. Due to this peculiarity, almost unusual in the new narrative of the Latin American Southern Cone, the result is a novel that owes much more to Camus than to Cortázar”.
–Nelson Marras, El País (Spain).
“Here, the poet is somehow like the concrete image of a word that is not spoken until it is rescued by the people: freedom”.
–Rolando Camozzi, ABC (Spain)
Review at El país (Spain)