Ways of Going Home, a novel by Chilean author Alejandro Zambra was included on The Millions’ list of most anticipated books for 2013. The Millions is a New York based online literary publication, referred to as an “indispensable literary site” by The New York Times and featured on National Public Radio, The Los Angeles Times and The Village Voice.
In their article, “Most Anticipated: The Great 2013 Book Preview,” The Millions described the works they most look forward to in the New Year, and Chilean author Zamba made the cut.
Ways of Going Home recounts the story of a young boy at the height of General Augusto Pinochet’s regime (1974-1990) in Chile. Flashing forward to the future, the boy, now a young man, struggles to cope with his memories. Past and present intermingle and fact becomes inseparable from fiction.
According to The Millions writer Megan Mcdowell, “Zambra has an electrifying ability to underscore ambiguity in the seemingly definite—or to turn a vague outline into a bull’s eye—that makes his material feel universal”.
Alejandro Zambra has received critical acclaim for his previous works Bonsái published in 2006, and La Vida Privada de los Arboles (The Private Lives of Trees) in 2010.
Corresponding with the release of his second novel, Zambra was honored in the British literary journal Granta as one of 22 Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists. Released in mid-January, Zambra’s latest book Ways of Going Home already claimed a PEN Award for writing in translation.
“To me, it’s a beautiful thing that readers so distant and different can connect with a book of mine,” Zambra explained. “It’s like sending out thousands of letters, and little by little receiving replies you never expected.”