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The Monkey in the Whirlpool

Diary Selva Almada
Translated by Samuel Rutter

That was the end of the dream. And then the man covered his face and began to cry, because he was reminded of his dead father, who once told him he had a gift.

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No. 28

No. 28


Selva Almada was born in Entre Rios, Argentina. Among her books to be translated into English are the novel The Wind That Lays Waste (Graywolf and Charco); and a book of journalistic fiction, Dead Girls, that will be published next year by Charco Press. This piece in this issue is excerpted from her film diary, El mono en el remolino, which was written on the set of Lucrecia Martel’s film Zama.


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