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Land of Smoke

"Land of Smoke is one of my favourite books by one of my favourite Argentinian authors."  – Samanta Schweblin, author of Seven Empty Houses

Dazzling, hallucinatory short stories by a rediscovered Argentinian contemporary of García Márquez, whose groundbreaking novel January is being published in English for the first time

Resplendent with otherworldly imagery and beguiling prose, Land of Smoke presents a uniquely compelling voice in Latin American literature.

  • An old man wakes up one morning to find that his beloved garden, the envy of all his neighbours, is floating away with him on board.
  • A young woman moves to Buenos Aires, bringing with her a replacement head.
  • A meek German missionary leaves Paraguay for the Pampas, completely unprepared for what he will encounter there.

Dazzling and hallucinatory, the stories collected here recall the masters of magical realism ­– but with Gallardo’s distinctive, idiosyncratic slant.