The Peculiar State

by Patricio Pron,

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A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Original Selection

Hamburg: home of a lapsed writer and his statistician girlfriend. He is part of the 41 percent of the German population that hasn’t read a single book in the last three months; she decides to make up a game. The rules of the game are these: the two of them travel to a European city, separately, and try to find each other. They make no calls, leave no messages.  They wander through Madrid, Munich, Coimbra. When they meet, they return home. But what happens if they don’t?  

“The Peculiar State” is a haunting, mischievous new story from Patricio Pron, one of Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists and the author of My Fathers’ Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain. A thought-provoking, city-hopping story from one of South America’s most important new writers.

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  • Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; May 2015
  • ISBN 9781101970430
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  • Title: The Peculiar State
  • Author: Patricio Pron; Kathleen Heil (trans.)
  • Imprint: Vintage
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In The Press

Praise for Patricio Pron and My Fathers’ Ghost is Climbing in the Rain

“Patricio Pron is an immense talent, a daring writer with an absolutely unique voice. My Fathers’ Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain is a marvel.” 
—Daniel Alarcón, author of Lost City Radio

“Pron’s novel haunts me. [It] turned my heart upside down. . . . [He] is brilliant on the topic of growing up in the aftermath of heroic collapse.”  
The New York Times Book Review

“Startlingly brilliant. . . . As the book progresses Pron’s intense and exquisitely described interiority of the early parts slowly falls prey to the pull of a personal, communal, and national history that ever more firmly stakes it claims on the narrator.” 
The Daily Beast

About The Author

Patricio Pron (Argentina, 1975) is the author of four story collections, a book of essays, and five novels, most recently My Fathers’ Ghost Is Climbing In The Rain (Knopf, Vintage, Faber & Faber), translated by Mara Faye Lethem. His short stories have been published in the U.S. in The Paris Review, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Granta, Zoetrope, A Public Space, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Chicago Review, BOMB, and Conjunctions, among others. He has a PhD in literature from the University of Göttingen (Germany), and currently lives and works as a freelance writer and literary critic in Madrid.
Kathleen Heil holds an MFA from the Programs in Creative Writing and Translation at the University of Arkansas. Her translations, stories, essays, and poems have appeared in Chicago Review, BOMB, Diagram, Quarterly West, Gigantic, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Barcelona Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere.

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