A Journey Through the Ghost Towns of Patagonia
María Sonia Cristoff
Translated from the Spanish by Katherine Silver
Part reportage, part personal essay, part travelogue, False Calm is the breakout work by Argentinian author María Sonia Cristoff. Writing against romantic portrayals of Patagonia, Cristoff returns home to chronicle the ghost towns left behind by the oil boom. In prose that showcases her sharp powers of observation, Cristoff explores Patagonia’s complicated legacy through the lost stories of its people and the desolate places they inhabit.
SHIPS OCTOBER 1
With time I have found that, apart from my personal history, isolation is present in everything I have ever read about Patagonia. Everything, I repeat, though I don’t think this is the place to make lists. I returned to write an account of this eminently Patagonian feature. I wanted to see the shapes it takes today, I wanted to locate it at its furthest extremes.
PRAISE FOR FALSE CALM
“A magnificent example of a chronicler-essayist narrator: a unique species of those who are possibly on the way to extinction.”—Alejandra Costamagna
"Captivating, intelligent, where the silent strength reaches beyond the real at hand.”—Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
First Published: October 3, 2018
5.25 x 8 | 208 pages