nueva novela de Sergio Waisman (editorial InteliBooks
de Oakland, California).
primera novela. Sergio Waisman sabe seguir los rastros de Borges. Cuenta
la relación con sus dos lenguas y sus dos culturas como si fuera una
— Ricardo Piglia
in a variety of styles and voices, presented through intersecting plotlines
and discontinuous chronologies, Leaving recounts the narratives
of migration of a Jewish family, from Poland to Argentina to the U.S.
The novel revolves around a young man, inheritor of previous migrations,
and his efforts to forge a new beginning—in English—without forgetting
that his memories and his family stories remain in Spanish.
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is a unique novel, as it tells the stories of the family at its center,
while exploring broader themes of memory, language and translation in
issues of identity and cross-cultural communication. Latin American
identity takes on specific aspects in this novel, with respect not only
to Argentine culture, but also to the manifestations of that Jewish
Argentine culture once the main characters in the novel have to leave
Argentina and move to the United States after the military coup of 1976.
In addition, the novel’s very style and structure (an experimental,
fragmented collection of interconnected narratives) seeks to mirror
the difficulty in recounting and understanding past events, especially
as they are distorted by conflicting versions of history and the uncertainty
of memory itself, as well as by the changes in languages associated
with each “leaving.”
is written primarily in English, with some Spanish throughout; there
is also one brief section that is entirely in Spanish, and is purposefully
Waisman was born in New York to Argentine parents in 1967. He is an
Assistant Professor of Spanish at The George Washington University.
He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and
an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
He has translated four books by Latin American authors, receiving an
NEA Translation Fellowship Award in 2000 for his translation of The
Absent City by Ricardo Piglia. Sergio Waisman is also the author
of Borges and Translation: The Irreverence of the Periphery (Bucknell
University Press). Leaving is Sergio Waisman’s first novel.
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