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Not a River

Not a River by Selva Almada, and Annie McDermott

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By Selva Almada, and and, Annie McDermott

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Longlisted for the International Booker Prize 2024

Three men go out fishing, returning to a favourite spot on the river despite their memories of a terrible accident there years earlier. As a long, sultry day passes, they drink and cook and talk and dance, and try to overcome the ghosts of their past. But they are outsiders, and this intimate, peculiar moment also puts them at odds with the inhabitants of this watery universe, both human and otherwise. The forest presses close, and violence seems inevitable, but can another tragedy be avoided?Rippling across time like the river that runs through it, Selva Almada’s latest novel is the finest expression yet of her compelling style and singular vision of rural Argentina.This masterful novel reveals once again Selva Almada’s unique voice and extraordinary sensitivity, allowing its characters to shine and express in action what the depths of their souls harbour.

One of the Best Books of 2020 in Clarín and La NaciónShortlisted for the Mario Vargas Llosa Novel Prize


31 May 2024


Short, dark and intense this is a pitch perfect novel, wonderfully translated from slang Argentinian Spanish, ostensibly about three men who go on fishing trip. Memories of a previous tragedy hanging over them creates a suspense as we wait for an almost inevitable disaster. Tense, engaging and a really good read.

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