Mi libro enterrado
NOVEL | 2013 | 77 pages
“When he died, Agustín, one of his childhood friends from Bahía Blanca, came to visit. He showed us some pictures of both of them, or of my father some other friends, when they were about twenty two or twenty three years old. That was how old I was when he died. I looked at those photos and searched for myself. I would’ve liked to know him back then. Agustín told us about their everyday lives as young men from the provinces, and through his memories I tried to understand my own youth, which, of course, was very different. Even though they saw each other with relative frequency over the years, Agustín was upset about losing that friend, the one in the pictures. When I understood that, I stopped searching for myself. I understood that that memory belonged to Agustín and to others like him and that I could only find the image I was looking for somewhere else.”
In October 2006, Hector Libertella — Argentinian author and Mauro Libertella’s father — dies. Four years later his son writes this book, remembering his final days and the fundamental moments in their relationship. In this way, Mi libro enterrado weaves together the golden threads of a father-son relationship. Like a miniature sound box, it is at the same time a goodbye, a requiem, an homage, a despairing song, and a text that talks about entering literature: a book about how to write a first book.
RIGHTS: spanish (except Mexico and Costa Rica) PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE I spanish (mexico) ELEFANTA I spanish (costa rica) LOS TRES EDITORES I dutch KARAAT