Author(s): Juan Jose Saer
Moving between past and present, La Grande centers around two related stories: that of Gutirrez, his sudden departure from Argentina 30 years before, and his equally mysterious return; and that of 'precisionism,' a literary movement founded by a rather dangerous fraud. Dozens of characters populate these storylines, including Nula, the wine salesman, ladies' man, and part-time philosopher; Luca, the woman he's lusted after for years; and Tomatis, a journalist whom Saer fans have encountered many times before.
Juan Jose Saer (1937-2005), born in Santa Fe, Argentina, was the leading Argentinian writer of the post-Borges generation. In 1968, he moved to Paris and taught literature at the University of Rennes. The author of numerous novels and short-story collections (including "Sixty-Five Years of Washington, Scars, The One Before, The Clouds," all being published by Open Letter), Saer was awarded Spain's prestigious Nadal Prize in 1987 for "The Event." Steve Dolph is the founding editor of "Calque," a journal of literature in translation. His translation of Saer's Scars was a finalist for the 2012 Best Translated Book Award. He lives in Philadelphia where he spends his summers rooting for the Phillies.