Maniobras de evasión
Pedro Mairal

FICTION | 2015 | 272 pages


What does an author do when he isn’t writing? What does an author do when he’s hungover, or when a splendid woman asks him to get a drink at a literary cocktail party, or while he watches his son sleep, or when he’s alone in a hotel room? How does the combination of a bus accident, a cheesy movie, and a literary prize transform an unknown poet into a writer who is recognized in the streets? How does the urge to write emerge in an author, and how unwavering is it really?

When Leila Guerriero was charged with editing an anthology of texts Pedro Mairal had published on various platforms, she was merciless. She discounted several of them and paid no attention to the author’s pleas, she made him write new texts to dig deeper into certain themes he had only hinted at before, and she was able to organize and piece things together perfectly. Maniobras de evasión is the result of all this work. It is not an anthology, but an authentic and involuntary autobiography in which the author, in Guerriero’s words “traverses a territory that would leave others feeling unsettled without holding back: the behind the scenes of the writing process, which is sort of like the behind the scenes of life. An astounding and elegant snapshot of the other side of an author, and the clearest application of writing as a mode of survival.”

RIGHTS: spanish (argentina & uruguay) PLANETA | spanish (spain) LIBROS DEL ASTEROIDE | spanish (chile) UDP | spanish audio STORYSIDE AB

In this ‘autobiography,’ there are texts that justify what Guerriero tells me: ‘Pedro is one of the best contemporary authors from Argentina.’
— Jaime G. Mora, ABC Cultural
Distanced from the literary super-ego, Maniobras de evasión is an intense, emotional, and warm book composed of a series of tales that fall between personal diaries and chronicles and wash away the idea that humor makes an author’s work less serious, when in reality more intelligence goes into making others laugh than into demonstrating, for example, human drama.
— Felipe Ojeda, Paniko


La uruguaya NOVEL, 2016 Maniobras de evasión ESSAYS, 2015 El subrayador ESSAYS, 2014 El equilibrio ESSAYS, 2013 El gran surubí NOVEL, 2013 Salvatierra NOVEL, 2008 El año del desierto NOVEL, 2005 Consumido final POETRY, 2003 Hoy temprano SHORT STORIES, 2001 Una noche con Sabrina Love NOVEL, 1998 Tigre como los pájaros POETRY, 1996