THE ISLANDS by Carlos Gamerro, translated by Ian Barnett


THE ISLANDS by Carlos Gamerro, translated by Ian Barnett


~169,000 WORDS
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Buenos Aires, 1992. Hacker Felipe Félix is summoned to the vertiginous twin towers of magnate Fausto Tamerlán and charged with finding the witnesses to a very public crime. Rejecting the mission is not an option. After a decade spent immersed in drugs and virtual realities, trying to forget the freezing trench in which he passed the Falklands War, Félix is forced to confront the city around him – and realises to his shock that the war never really ended.

A detective novel, a cyber-thriller, an inner-city road trip and a war memoir, The Islands is a hilarious, devastating and dizzyingly surreal account of a history that remains all too raw.

Carlos Gamerro, born in 1962, is one of the most highly regarded contemporary Argentine writers.

"Exhilarating, inventive and consistently absorbing." — Stuart Evers, The Guardian

"Carlos Gamerro has written one of the most ambitious novels about the war." — Jonathan Blitzer, The Nation

"I urge you to find and read a copy of this important novel." — Matthew Crockatt, Huffington Post UK

"Gamerro displays great lyricism in his descriptions of the land of la pampa. He has a poet’s touch on the visions and themes he explores throughout the story. It’s a triumph." — Ed Hart, Sounds and Colours

"Gamerro’s balls-out novel is a delirious mash-up … [His] gross, bleakly funny, violence-saturated satire of a psychologically damaged society hung up on impossible myth relies on epic hyperbole, masterfully translated by Ian Barnett. There is enough invention here for four novels, but this multilayered nightmare vision is deftly rendered and devastating in its intensity." — Siobhan Murphy, Metro

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