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The Ghetto Within

Translated from the original French by Frank Wynne
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

The Ghetto Within re-imagines the life of its author’s Jewish grandfather whose guilt provokes an enduring silence to span generations. 1928. Vicente Rosenberg is a European émigré starting a new life in Buenos Aires. Despite success, Vicente still misses his mother, who stayed behind in Poland. For years, she writes him. Yet, as unnerving rumors mount from abroad, her letters become increasingly sporadic, and Vicente begins to construct the reality of a tragedy that already occurred. Then, one day, the letters cease. Racked with guilt, Vicente lapses into a longstanding silence. With his new novel, Amigorena finds the language to retrieve his voice from the oblivion of familial trauma.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Santiago
H. Amigorena

Santiago Amigorena is a French-Argentine director, screenwriter, producer, and writer. He is the author of A Laconic Childhood, the first in an ongoing critically acclaimed autobiographical fiction project. The Ghetto Within (published in France as Le Ghetto Interieur) was shortlisted for several prestigious literary prizes in France and won the Prix des libraires de Nancy. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Amigorena currently resides in France.

Santiago Amigorena is a French-Argentine director, screenwriter, producer, and writer. He is the author of A Laconic Childhood, the first in an ongoing critically acclaimed autobiographical fiction project. The Ghetto Within (published in France as Le Ghetto Interieur) was shortlisted for several prestigious literary prizes in France and won the Prix des libraires de Nancy. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Amigorena currently resides in France.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Frank
Wynne

Frank Wynne is an award-winning Irish writer and translator from French and Spanish. Over a career spanning more than 20 years, Wynne has translated a wide variety of authors, including Michel Houellebecq, Patrick Modiano, Emiliano Monge, Alice Zeniter and Virginie Despentes. Both his translations of Vernon Subutex One was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2018. Frank Wynne was Chair of judges for the International Booker Prize 2022. His translation of Standing Heavy was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2023, announced on April 18, 2023.

Frank Wynne is an award-winning Irish writer and translator from French and Spanish. Over a career spanning more than 20 years, Wynne has translated a wide variety of authors, including Michel Houellebecq, Patrick Modiano, Emiliano Monge, Alice Zeniter and Virginie Despentes. Both his translations of Vernon Subutex One was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2018. Frank Wynne was Chair of judges for the International Booker Prize 2022. His translation of Standing Heavy was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2023, announced on April 18, 2023.

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

Based on the history of his own grandfather, who left his family to emigrate in Argentina, this touching novel tells about the guilt to be helpless for those who stayed, and the impossibiliy to reach happiness when one’s family is in danger. The writing is very sensitive and the telling is heartbreaking.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
29/09/2022
Country
Argentina, France
Original Language
French
Publisher
HarperVia, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Translator
Frank Wynne
Translation
Translated from the original French by Frank Wynne
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