La Grande--Saer's final novel, which is also a fantastic entry-point to his world--centers around two related stories: that of Gutierrez, his sudden departure from Argentina thirty years before, and his equally mysterious return; and that of "precisionism," a literary movement founded by a rather dangerous fraud.
About the Author
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.