Mármara

Short tories (Alfaguara, 2009, 192 p.) A wonderful collection of short stories in which political activism, the military violence of the last dictatorship, the 2001 crisis are mere backdrops. In the foreground are always the rich details of individual lives portrayed with humor as if by a passionate collector.

PAPELES EN EL VIENTO (Papers in the Wind)

When Alejandro, nicknamed “El Mono”, dies of cancer in his early forties, his brother Fernando and their two childhood friends, Mauricio and el “Ruso” decide to take care of El Mono’s daughter Guadalupe and ensure her a good future. But El Mono didn’t have any money – he invested every penny he owned on a young and promising football player who turned out to be a failure. Sacheri’s latest novel is an ode to love, friendship and humor. It shows once again how remarkable a storyteller the author’s, full of tenderness and compassion for his characters. Like The Question in their eyes, it would make a wonderful movie.

Rights sold: France (Éditions Héloïse d’Ormesson), Germany (Bloomsbury BV), USA (Other Press).

La vida que pensamos (The lives we had in mind)

Alfaguara, 2013. 336 p.

This anthology contains other of Eduardo Sacheri’s most famous short stories and four new ones.
“I like to write stories about normal and ordinary people. People like myself. People like those who have always been part of my life. I don’t even know why those are the stories that I feel compelled to tell. Maybe I am seduced and moved by the extraordinary and sublime that ordinary and anonymous existences. In those lives, football often plays a important part. Because we have played it since we were kids. Because of our love for a club and its shirt. Because it is one of those basic experiences on which our childhood is based on and, therefore, what we are and what we will be. I think that all stories we tell tend to be, in a way or another, the main topics that rule our lives as human beings. Love, pain, death, friendship, anxiety, betrayal, success, expectation. And, nevertheless, such topics are not easy to tackle. Football, as part of our lives, gives us a point of entry to those intimate worlds where more important issues are at stake. A stage or a backdrop for the essential things that mark and define all lives.”

Eduardo Sacheri.

El Lugar perdido

1977. Detective Ferroni is sent to a small town near Jujuy, in Northwestern Argentina, to track down Matilde Trigo, a girl who, like many others, had left to try and make a living in Buenos Aires.  The cop’s only lead is a letter addressed to Matilde by her best friend Marita, who stayed back in Jujuy. So Ferroni goes after Marita, but will find himself engaged in a silent, tense fight with the girl, until the final outburst of violence. Marita is determined to hold on to the letters she received from Matilde; she knows she must hide them to protect her friend, defend her dignity, and preserve her intimacy. The different voices weave a delicate novel that reveals the personal drama of each one of the characters, against the backdrop – very subtly suggested – of the political repression of the 70’s.

“A novel as clean and sharp as a glass spear, both chilling and mesmerizing as it stabs you in the heart” Rosa  Montero.

Rights sold: France (Liana Levi), Italy (Nottetempo), Germany (Hoffmann & Campe)

LA PREGUNTA DE SUS OJOS (The Question in her Eyes)

To keep himself busy, Chaparro, a retired court clerk, sets out to write a novel about a case he worked on in the 60s and 70s and that has haunted him ever since.
A newly married young woman was raped and strangled in her home. The investigation was dropped after a few months, as often happened in the turmoil Argentina was going through at
the time. But over the years new developments lead Chaparro to keep in touch with the widower, a very meticulous bank employee who never managed get over the death of the wife and whose only purpose in life is to see the murderer convicted. The intensity of that man’s love impresses Chaparro, who, after two divorces, is only beginning to experience something similar in his old age. Crime, justice, politics and revenge mingle in the lives of the characters and climax in the most unexpected ending.

Adapted by the author and director Juan José Campanella as The Secret in their Eyes, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2010

Rights sold: France (Denoël), Israel (Kinneret-Zmora), Italy (B.U.R. RCS), Brazil (Objetiva), Portugal (Objectiva), Croatia (Algoritam), Bulgaria (Locus), Czech Republic (Kanzelsberger), Other Press (USA), Germany (Berlin Verlag), Poland (Swiat Ksiazki), Crown (Taiwan), China (ThinKingdom), Russia (Ripol), Karakter (Holland), Australia (HarperCollins), Canada (HarperCollins), Korea (HongC), Kontrast (Serbia), Hungaria (Agave), UK (HarperCollins), Thailand (Amarin), Macedonia (Litera Makedonika).

Rutas Argentinas (Argentinean Highways)

It is set in Danel, a utopian town in the Argentinean Pampas, where all sorts of dropouts, crooks and shady characters escaping their former lives seem to end up or pass through. The arrival of an outsider who has taken on the identity of a dead man disrupts the lives of the locals: Tino, the barman, seeking an opportunity to get away; Silva, determined to make money in every possible way; Perla, who dreams of romance and Brazilian beaches; a legless prostitute; defeated boxers; a gravedigger with a fondness for taxidermy… These weird characters whose pathetic stories intertwine fantasize about a world ofwhich they know nothing, a world that lies beyond the windswept plains of Danel (Ed. Adriana Hidalgo 2007).

ARÁOZ Y LA VERDAD (Aráoz and the Truth)

The truth is what Aráoz needs to find out. The truth about Perlassi, his childhood hero. So he sets off to O’Connor, a small town that has dropped off the map in the 90s, determined to find the only person who can reveal the truth about the soccer game that eliminated his favorite club, Deportivo Wilde, from the championship. Aráoz will spend five days in O’Connor, in a rented room next to the gas station owned by Perlassi, waiting for the man to show up. Five days, brooding over his past and trying to pry information out of old Lépori, Perlassi’s employee, who knows far more than he pretends to. This is not a book about football, but about failure and redemption.

Rights sold: Germany (Berlin Verlag, who published a collection of Sacheri’s best short stories about football in Spring 2010, before the World Cup.)

La mirada del ciervo

Perder

(Alfaguara 2008). It is the poignant story – told in first-person – of a woman’s voyage into the depths of grief and alienation upon losing her five year-old son in a car crash.