Born in Bahia Blanca (South of the province of Buenos Aires) in 1966, Fernando Monacelli is a journalist. He is the author of a collection of short stories, Libro de vuelo (1993), and two novels, La Mirada del ciervo (Sudamericana, 2008) and Sobrevivientes which won the Premio Clarín in 2012.
Clarín / Alfaguara, 2012, 280 p.
Some twenty-five years after the war in the Falklands War, the frozen body of a Argentinian soldier who fought aboard the cruiser General Belgrano resurfaces in melting ice in the Antarctica . Doña Ana, his mother can finally bury her son, and she now holds the hope of tracing a grandchild, whose probable existence is revealed in the journal the conscript carried when he died. She resorts to a prominent investigation journalist, nicknamed Diva, at first reluctant to help her. Diva has also suffered a loss: in 2001, when Argentina was going throught the worst economic crisis in its history her husband left for Spain to look for a job, and has given no sign of life since then. Unable to raise their son, she has left him in the car of her mother-in-law. As the investigation progresses, uncovering a network of political corruption, a deep friendship develops between the Diva and Doña Ana. Both women will find in each other the support, warmth and love that will eventually allow them save their lives from the wreck.
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