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Missing Year of Juan Salvatierra

An artist’s sons hunt for their mysterious inheritance: “A pleasure to read . . . One of the most significant Argentine writers working today” (David Leavitt, author of The Lost Language of Cranes).

At age nine, Juan Salvatierra became mute following a horse riding accident. At twenty, he began secretly painting a series of long rolls of canvas in which he minutely detailed six decades of life in his village on Argentina’s river frontier with Uruguay.

After the death of Salvatierra, his sons return to the village from Buenos Aires to deal with their inheritance: a shed packed with painted rolls of canvas stretching over two miles in length and depicting personal and communal history. Museum curators from Europe come calling to acquire this strange, gargantuan artwork. But an essential roll is missing. A search ensues that illuminates the links between art and life, as an intrigue of family secrets buried in the past cast their shadows on the present.

“Will surely leave some readers thinking of Henry James’s tragicomic accounts of the artist’s life.” —The New Republic

“Pedro Mairal isn’t your old college literature professor’s idea of an Argentine novelist.” —Los Angeles Times

Pedro Mairal

Pedro Mairal made a splash with his debut novel, Una Noche con Sabrina Love, which tells the story of an 18-year-old boy who wins a night with a porn star of his dreams. That book was made into a film by Alejandro Agresti and widely translated. Mairal, born in Buenos Aires in 1970, is a professor of English literature; he has been recognized as one of the most original voices in Latin American literature today, and in 1998 was awarded the Premio Clarin.

New Vessel Press