This Chilean literary thriller tells the story of three lives intertwined with that of an enigmatic author, whose character is inspired by the groundbreaking Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector.
Vera Sigall, now eighty years old, has lived a mysterious, ascetic life far from the limelight of literary circles. This powerful character has a profound effect on those around her-Daniel, an architect and her neighbor and friend, unhappy in his marriage and career; Emilia, a Franco-Chilean student who travels to Santiago to write a thesis on the elusive Vera; and Horacio, an acclaimed poet with whom Vera had a tumultuous, passionate affair in her youth.
As Daniel, Emilia, and Horacio tell their stories, they reconstruct Vera's past, and search for their own identities. Spanning from modern-day Chile to the 1950s, 60s, and through the years of the Pinochet dictatorship, In the Distance With You reveals successive mysteries and discoveries like a set of Russian nesting dolls.
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"This quiet, character-driven novel, set in Chile, features four principal characters, but only three have a voice. After suffering a fall, 80-year-old Vera, a famous, reclusive author, is in a coma, unable to communicate. Narrator Nicol Zanzarella performs the chapters told from the perspective of Emilia, a Franco-Chilean graduate student who's researching Vera's life. Robert Fass narrates the sections recounted by Vera's friend and neighbor, Daniel, a struggling architect, and by Horacio, an internationally known poet and ex-lover of Vera's. As the three await Vera's fate, they contemplate the past and reassess the future. Zanzarella's and Fass's performances complement each other in pacing, pronunciations, and mood, smoothing the transitions between viewpoints and enhancing the dreamlike atmosphere of this story about relationships, talent, and finding one's path. C.B.L. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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