Include Me Out

Include Me Out


María Sonia Cristoff

Translated from the Spanish by Katherine Silver

Mara is a simultaneous interpreter who moves to a provincial town in Argentina in order to speak as little as possible for a year. Steeled with the ten rules of silence set out in her manual of rhetoric, she takes a job as a guard in the local museum. The advantages of her work are threatened when she’s asked to assist in the re-embalming of the museum’s pride and joy: two horses―of great national and historical significance―are disintegrating and must be saved. But her goal and her slippery grasp on sanity lead her to more anarchistic means to bolster her purpose. Bold, subversive, and threaded through with acerbic wit, Include Me Out is an homage to silence and the impossibility of achieving it.




"A bold, beautiful book."—The New York Times

False Calm bears little relation to most travelogues . . . It's not exploration; it's portraiture."—NPR

“An artful, atmospheric, thought-provoking depiction of life between silence and open space.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

"Fascinating, informative, and ultimately a pleasure to read."—World Literature Today

"A marvelous chronicle."—Publishers Weekly

"Personal memoir, travelogue, and history combine in María Sonia Cristoff’s False Calm, a journey that peels back the layers of the ghostly fog blanketing Patagonia to reveal engrossing complexity."—Foreword Reviews

“Cristoff writes with a razor-sharp voice, and her insight and ability to inhabit the voices of Patagonia—her success as a ‘two-voiced narrator’—make this book a tremendous success.”—Rain Taxi

“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: February 4, 2020
Fiction / Literary
5.25 x 8 | 140 pages
Rights: NA
978-1-945492-30-3 (paperback)
978-1-945492-33-4 (ebook)