Nothing But Dust
Sandrine Collette, Alison Anderson
Paperback / softback $24.99 - Europa Editions
Fiction - Published: 1/Dec/2018 - ISBN: 9781609454333
By the time Rafael is born, the family farm has already gone to hell. Rafael's father has abandoned them. His older brothers, the twins Mauro and Joaquin, blame Rafael for their father's departure and exact revenge on their baby brother. Steban, his other sibling, is a simpleton whose affections and allegiances change with the shifting winds. Ruling over this dysfunctional roost is a tyrannical and avaricious mother.
On the lonely Patagonian steppe, life is lived to the rhythms of the family farm. But there is nothing bucolic about the existence described in these pages: it is ruthless, unforgiving, and bloody. As the family tensions mount, daily life degenerates into open warfare.
'A combination of a South American Western and a noir, Nothing But Dust has airs of Faulknerian tragedy in full Argentinian heat. A vicious circle of cruelty and redemption, written with complete austerity. - Lire
'[Sandrine Collette] has a gift. The gift to lose herself in unknown, inhospitable lands and, as if by magic, to bring forth from them the harshest bitterness and the most firmly hidden beauty.' - L'Express
'A claustrophobic drama placed in a setting both hostile and sublime.' - Biblioteca Magazine
'The novel's descriptions of nature are at times exalted, at others coldly descriptive-but in spite of the severity that dominates the setting, in Collette's prose, the young Rafael is a radiant hero.' - Telerama
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