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The Absolute

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Author: Daniel Guebel

Premio Municipal de la Novela 2021
Premio Nacional de Literatura Argentina 2018
Premio Literario de la Academia Argentina de Letras 2017
Best Novel Award by La Nación 2016

A provocative multigenerational exploration of creative genius, madness, and family relationships. With the ambition and density of style of Vladimir Nabokov or Olga Tokarczuk, this is a story both profound and handled with a light touch.

The Absolute is a sprawling historical novel about the Deliuskin-Scriabin family, made up of six generations of geniuses and madmen. Beginning in the mid-18th century in Russia, across Europe and ending in late 20th-century Argentina, the characters' lives play out in different branches of art, politics and science in such radical ways that they transform the world and its reality. The narrator's ancestor, Frantisek Deliuskin, invents a new form of music in the 18th century; his son, Andrei Deliuskin, makes some marginal annotations to the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola that are later interpreted by Lenin as an instruction manual to carry out the Russian Revolution of 1917; Esau Deliuskin, following the course of his father, creates a socialist utopian society; and down through the generations to the narrator, whose creation takes him back in time and space to the moment of the Big Bang.

The Absolute is a monumental work about the creation of art and about family, about spiritual traditions and about throwing oneself into the world not to capture life but to create it, in and through words.

"This is a masterpiece at a time when masterpieces seem impossible and at the same time challenges the very idea of a masterpiece. ... It's the novel one should read if they want to know what an artist is." --La Nación

Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Published: 05/17/2022
Pages: 464
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.95lbs
Size: 8.10h x 5.30w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9781644211601

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 03/14/2022
Kirkus Reviews 03/15/2022

About the Author
Daniel Guebel is a prolific, award-winning novelist, considered one of the greatest in Argentina today. He is author of many untranslated novels, many of which have won major prizes in his native Argentina. The Absolute is his first to be translated into Engish. He is also the author of many untranslated short story collections and theatrical works. The Absolute was not only the best work of fiction in 2016 according to La Nación but also won the coveted Premio Literario de la Academia Argentina de Letras in 2017 and the prestigious National Book Award in Argentina in 2018. Currently his work is being translated into several languages. He lives in Buenos Aires.
Jessica Sequeira is a writer and literary translator. She is the author of the novel A Furious Oyster, the story collection Rhombus and Oval, the essay collection Other Paradises: Poetic Approaches to Thinking in a Technological Age and the hybrid work A Luminous History of the Palm. She has translated over twenty books by Latin American authors, and in 2019 was awarded the Premio Valle-Inclán for her translation of Sara Gallardo's Land of Smoke. She lives in Santiago, Chile and Cambridge, England.