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The Remainder – Alia Trabucco Zerán

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“The Remainder” by Alia Trabucco Zeran


The Book

Santiago, Chile. The city is covered in ash. Three children of ex-militants are facing a past they can neither remember nor forget. Felipe sees dead bodies on every corner of the city, counting them up in an obsessive quest to square these figures with the official death toll. He is searching for the perfect zero, a life with no remainder. Iquela and Paloma, too, are searching for a way to live on. When the body of Paloma’s mother is lost in transit, the three take a hearse and a bottle of pisco up the cordillera for a road trip with a difference.Intense, intelligent, and extraordinarily sensitive to the shape and weight of words, this remarkable debut presents a new way to count the cost of a pain that stretches across generations.

About the Author

Alia Trabucco Zerán is a Chilean writer. She has an MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish from New York University and a PhD in Spanish and Latin American Studies from University College London. Her debut novel La Resta (The Remainder) was critically acclaimed and won the 2014 Chilean Council for the Arts prize for Best Unpublished Literary Work. In 2015 it was chosen by El País as one of the ten best debut novels that year.

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