- Zama by Antonio Di Benedetto, translated by Esther Allen
NYRB, 198 pp, £9.99, June 2017, ISBN 978 1 59017 717 4
- Nest in the Bones by Antonio Di Benedetto, translated by Martina Broner
Archipelago, 275 pp, £15.99, May 2017, ISBN 978 0 914671 72 5
Introducing a 1999 edition of Antonio Di Benedetto’s The Silencer, first published in 1964, his fellow novelist Juan José Saer saw the work as belonging to ‘a sort of trilogy’. The idea caught on, and in 2011 Zama (1956) and The Suicides (1966) joined The Silencer in a single volume advertised as a ‘trilogy of waiting’. Whether this event or any other marks the time Saer himself was waiting for is still a question. Saer said Di Benedetto had readers ‘from the beginning’, but they were very few and even if he had become a little better known before he died, in 1986, ‘the immense debt of Argentinian culture to Antonio Di Benedetto has still not been settled.’
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