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Hades, Argentina
A Novel
By (author): Daniel Loedel
9780593188644 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Cultural Heritage Jan 12, 2021
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.19 x 9.27 x 1.08 in | 1.06 lb 304 pages Riverhead Riverhead Books
A decade after fleeing for his life, a man is pulled back to Argentina by an undying love.

It was the most obvious thing in the world that I’d follow her wherever she went. I always had.

In 1976, Tomás Oriilla is a medical student in Buenos Aires, where he’s moved in hopes of reuniting with Isabel, a childhood crush. But the reckless passion that has always drawn him is leading Isabel ever deeper into the ranks of young insurgents fighting an increasingly oppressive regime. As its thuggish milicos begin to disappear more and more people like her, she presents Tomás with a way to prove himself. As always, he’ll do anything for Isabel. But what exactly is he proving, and at what cost to them both?

It will be years before a summons back arrives for Tomás, now living as Thomas Shore in New York. But it isn’t a homecoming that awaits him so much as an odyssey into the past, an encounter with the ghosts that lurk there, and a reckoning with the fatal gap between who he’s become and who he once aspired to be. Raising profound questions about the sometimes impossible choices we make in the name of love, Hades, Argentina is a gripping, brilliantly narrated literary debut.

Story Locale: Buenos Aires, Argentina

POWERFUL BACKSTORY: The novel was inspired by the story of Loedel’s half-sister, who along with her boyfriend was disappeared in Argentina during the military dictatorship, and whose remains he and his family were finally able to inter this past year.

THEMES OF THE DAY: Like The Sympathizer and Home Fire, the novel grapples with themes of resistance to oppression, political complexity, and the moral ambiguities generated by even the purest-seeming motives- all topics at the top of readers’ minds these days.

HEAVY-HITTING ENDORSEMENTS: We have powerful endorsements in already from Colm Toibin, Kamila Shamsie, and Juan Gabriel Vásquez—and we are just getting started.

Daniel Loedel is a book editor. For years, he lived in Buenos Aires, where he worked as a translator.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, New York

Marketing: Social media and online promotion

Library marketing and promotions



Publicity: NPR interviews

National print and online reviews and features



Author Social Media: Twitter @DanielLoedel; Instagram @DanielLoedel

Praise for Hades, Argentina:

“It is not always ‘us versus them.’ It is the ‘me versus me’ that plays out in individuals as they wrestle with what it means to do the right thing…. Loedel draws the line of complicity ever closer…asking readers to consider at what point the witness becomes victimizer….  [He] continually works to erase the notion that only the evil commit evil acts, which adds to the horror. How do ‘ordinary men’ become instruments of a repressive state?” —Los Angeles Times

“This haunting historical novel…. weaves betrayal and sacrifice so intricately that one cannot be disentangled from the other” —The New Yorker

“Elegant, searching…Amid echoes of the Orpheus myth and swirls of magic…a descent into an underworld of memory and brutality.”  O: The Oprah Magazine

“A debut novel as impressive as they come. Tough, wily, dreamlike … The tangles of action, intention and self-deception [Loedel] evokes are spellbinding in ways that will hit home in any society where democracy, the rule of law and the very concept of the truth are in peril.” —Seattle Times

“Powerful….The plain delicacy of Mr Loedel’s prose suits not only the horror of his subject, but also his novel’s risky premise…. hell is at once metaphor and setting, literary conceit and emotional reality. Tomás’s sojourn there is a fittingly moving tribute to the author’s sister and her many fellow victims.” —The Economist

“Surely one of the most astonishing debut novels of the year…. In scene after scene, Loedel is as masterful in his prose on love and heartache as he is unflinching in his descriptions of the torture applied to the perceived enemies of the regiment…. Like Virgil leading Dante through the furnace, Loedel’s narrative hand allows us to follow along without giving up our sense of hope.” —Interview

“Haunting…. the heavy burden of memory and an urge to sever oneself from the past animates this powerful, evocative, and intelligent novel.” —Electric Literature
 
“[Loedel] reimagines the platitude ‘the personal is political’ by injecting enchantment and morality into one man’s entanglements with forces aligned against him. Hades, Argentina announces a major career, and we can expect great work from this gifted writer in the future.” —Harvard Review

“Weaving history and humanity, Loedel crafts a powerful and compelling narrative of a seemingly dystopian world that, unfortunately, was all too real.” —The Millions

“A gorgeously told tale of really tough subjects — terror, betrayal, love, and more.” —Alma

“A complex and intimate meditation on love, guilt, and the decisions that haunt us forever.” Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“[A] haunting story about repression and the vulnerability of youth…. A devastating reminder of the tragic costs of politics made personal.”Booklist (starred)

“Mesmerizing…. Loedel’s unflinching look at human frailty adds a revelatory new chapter to South American Cold War literature.” —Publishers Weekly 

“An astonishingly powerful novel about the complex nature of guilt. It sets the personal against the political with real emotional accuracy and sharp narrative skill.” —Colm Tóibín, author of Brooklyn and Nora Webster

“A remarkable novel, as imaginatively bold as it is morally complex. It will stay with me for a very long time.” —Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire

“Deception, violence, a society on the brink, Hades, Argentina haunted me long after I turned the final page. Loedel is a writer of enormous talent.” —Elliot Ackerman, author of Red Dress in Black and White

Hades, Argentina brilliantly explores the fault lines between heroism and complicity, guilt and trauma, and love and betrayal. Daniel Loedel has written a haunting and beautiful novel.” —Phil Klay, author of Redeployment

“A stunning descent into the haze of memory and history. In his interrogation of complicity and violence, Loedel explores how institutionalized evil disappears humans not only from the physical world, but from their own souls as well.” Francisco Cantú, author of The Line Becomes A River

“Strange, gorgeous, and terrifying—a book for the grievers, and for those of us who wish we could turn back time to remedy past mistakes—and so, for all of us.” —R. O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries

“A remarkable novel, personal and political, elegiac and intimate, with a tenderness and wisdom evident in every passage. A beautiful book.” —Dinaw Mengestu, author of All Our Names
 

“Loedel writes in the venerable Argentinian tradition of mixing the political and the supernatural, but his novel comes from a different language and a new sensibility. It took me to places I had never visited before.”  —Juan Gabriel Vásquez, author of The Sound of Things Falling

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