A nostalgic and wild family saga
In his latest novel The Farm, Héctor Abad presents us with the moving story of a closely-knit Colombian family. When the Ángel family’s beloved home in the Antioquian wilderness falls into danger, they manage to defend it against the guerrillas and, later, the paramilitaries – but at a high price.
After their parents’ death, Pilar, Eva and Toño have to decide the fate of their father’s legacy. While Pilar and Toño want to keep La Oculta, Eva, who experienced something terrible at the old farm house, is determined to sell. As the siblings each struggle with their own problems, their inner conflicts threaten to tear apart not only their home but also their family.
Written in precise and atmospheric language, the Ángel family will win the reader’s heart immediately.
4 October, 2018
‘Best translated novel of 2018’ —Financial Times
‘Despite ever-present terror this is a ruminative, delicate tale, vivid with Colombia’s natural beauty as well as its bloodshed’ —Daily Mail
‘Abad’s finely crafted novel not only expounds its narrators’ contrasting attitudes towards sex, rural life and tradition in a modernising country, but also tells in fictional form the true story of an attempt to create a rural middle class in Colombia’ —The Economist
‘I store up what I have read by Héctor Abad like spherical, polished, luminous little balls of bread, ready for when I have to walk through a vast forest in the nighttime’ —MANUEL RIVAS
‘A pensive novel of a rural family torn by conflict and incomprehension. A graceful story that takes its time to unfold, with much roiling under the surface of the narrative’ —Kirkus Reviews
‘Abad’s arresting novel is a brilliant lesson in Colombian history’ —Publishers Weekly
‘The Farm is a sweeping, satisfying tale about the interplay of family life and national history. With perceptive novels like this one, Abad is carving out an enviable niche in Colombia’s celebrated literary tradition’ —KEVIN CANFIELD, World Literature Today