The Jewish Son

The Jewish Son

A breathtaking short novel about the complicated feelings of hate, pity, and filial love, by an acknowledged Latin American master

A brilliant and dark tour de force, The Jewish Son presents the delicate archeology of the stubbornness of a boy who demands his parents’ attention. It is a brutal confession of the lies necessary to win a space of approval in a troubled family, a treatise on the excesses of love and the paradoxical lack of affection that is never enough, an accomplished narration of childhood from the point of view of the adult gaze, and a rewriting of Kafka’s Letter to His Father.

"Guebel's ... writing is always alert and impressive and is strikingly well translated by Jessica Sequeira"The Irish Times
"[A]n electrifying novella"—Jewish Currents
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