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Hades, Argentina

by Daniel Loedel

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Hades, Argentina by Daniel Loedel
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2021
    304 pages
    Genre: Novels

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A decade after fleeing for his life, a man is pulled back to Argentina by an undying love.

In 1976, Tomás Orilla is a medical student in Buenos Aires, where he has moved in hopes of reuniting with Isabel, a childhood crush. But the reckless passion that has long drawn him is leading Isabel ever deeper into the ranks of the insurgency fighting an increasingly oppressive regime. Tomás has always been willing to follow her anywhere, to do anything to prove himself. Yet what exactly is he proving, and at what cost to them both?

It will be years before a summons back arrives for Tomás, now living as Thomas Shore in New York. It isn't a homecoming that awaits him, however, so much as an odyssey into the past, an encounter with the ghosts that lurk there, and a reckoning with the fatal gap between who he has become and who he once aspired to be. Raising profound questions about the sometimes impossible choices we make in the name of love, Hades, Argentina is a gripping, ingeniously narrated literary debut.

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"A complex and intimate meditation on love, guilt, and the decisions that haunt us forever." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A powerful and complex novel, told in hallucinatory prose that challenges us to work out what is real vs. what is imagined. Recommended for all literary fiction collections." - Library Journal (starred review)

"[A] haunting story about repression and the vulnerability of youth...A devastating reminder of the tragic costs of politics made personal." - Booklist (starred review)

"[M]esmerizing...Loedel's unflinching look at human frailty adds a revelatory new chapter to South American Cold War literature." - Publishers Weekly

"An astonishingly powerful novel about the complex nature of guilt." - Colm Tóibín, author of Brooklyn and Nora Webster

"A stunning descent into the haze of memory and history. In his interrogation of complicity and violence, Loedel explores how institutionalized evil disappears humans not only from the physical world, but from their own souls as well." - Francisco Cantú, author of The Line Becomes A River

"Strange, gorgeous, and terrifying—a book for the grievers, and for those of us who wish we could turn back time to remedy past mistakes—and so, for all of us." - R. O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries

"A remarkable novel, personal and political, elegiac and intimate, with a tenderness and wisdom evident in every passage. A beautiful book." - Dinaw Mengestu, author of All Our Names

"Loedel writes in the venerable Argentinian tradition of mixing the political and the supernatural, but his novel comes from a different language and a new sensibility. It took me to places I had never visited before." - Juan Gabriel Vásquez, author of The Sound of Things Falling

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Daniel Loedel

Daniel Loedel is a book editor based in Brooklyn. Hades, Argentina, his first novel, was inspired by his family history.

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