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The Estancia (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 26/06/2018
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The Estancia is the story of a young boy growing up in the upper classes of the Argentine in the 1950s, set against the turbulent backdrop of Peronist rule. Revealing a now vanished society of the families of the great houses of Buenos Aires, their fin-de-siecle lifestyle, and the estancias which fed them, it is an autobiographical novel based on the author's life. Narrated through the voice of Martin, a precocious ten-year-old boy, it explores his intense and suffocating upbringing. After a childhood trapped and seduced in a domineering household of multiple mothers and an emotionally absent father, Martin believes he has finally escaped when taken on a cruise to Europe by his elderly great aunt. However, despite being freed from the steamy bathroom rituals of his family, the past continues to confront him and a secret surrounding his birth is revealed. Accompanying him on his journey of self-discovery, this vividly described panorama of the old New World explores the demise of high society and the incarceration of anyone showing disrespect for the government. Interspersed with flashbacks of his ancestor Ramos Mejia, who lived among the Pampa Indians and settled in the first estancia lands of the region, it is a poignant memoir of a truly unique life.

Publisher: Everyman
ISBN: 9781999589103
Weight: 660 g
Dimensions: 223 x 555 x 39 mm


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"I was reminded of Proust's Combray when reading Martin Cullen's moving and detailed evocation of a childhood spent among the sophisticated environs of Calle Juncas in central Buenos Aires and on several family estancias during the early 1950s. [...] Written in prose that is often poetic [...] The Estancia is a valuable record of a society that has now disappeared." -- Euan Cameron * Catholic Herald *
"As a distillation of the complex puchero stew that is Argentinian identity - culturally in thrall to Europe long after independence from Spain - The Estancia is unbeatable ... a superb meditation on memory: the past is another country ... this is an immersive, beautifully crafted novel." * The Lady *

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