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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Woman from Uruguay by Pedro Mairal, read by David DeSantos.

From acclaimed Argentine author Pedro Mairal and Man Booker International-winning translator Jennifer Croft, the unforgettable story of two would-be lovers over the course of a single day. 

Lucas Pereyra, an unemployed writer in his 40s, embarks on a day trip from Buenos Aires to Montevideo to pick up 15,000 dollars in cash. An advance due to him on his upcoming novel, the small fortune might mean the solution to his problems, most importantly, the tension he has with his wife. While she spends her days at work and her nights out on the town - with a lover, perhaps, he doesn’t know for sure - Lucas is stuck at home all day staring at the blank page, caring for his son, Maiko, and fantasizing about the one thing that keeps him going: the woman from Uruguay whom he met at a conference and has been longing to see ever since. 

But that woman, Magalí Guerra Zabala, is a free spirit with her own relationship troubles, and the day they spend together in this beautiful city on the beach winds up being nothing like Lucas predicted. The constantly surprising, moving story of this dramatically transformative day in their lives, The Woman from Uruguay is both a gripping narrative and a tender, thought-provoking exploration of the nature of relationships. An international best seller published in 14 countries, it is the masterpiece of one of the most original voices in Latin American literature today.

©2021 Pedro Mairal (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"Beautifully written and translated, The Woman from Uruguay is a work of exquisite style, shrewd philosophical insight and deftly controlled suspense. A searing tale of seduction and betrayal, both wryly comic and deeply serious." (Sigrid Nunez, author of The Friend and What Are You Going Through)

"The Woman from Uruguay is at once a picaresque comedy and a penetrating study of a man on the verge of middle age who is trying to deal with fatherhood, money, marriage and love. Lucas' vivid presence in this book is created by his rich way of observing the world. As he travels from Buenos Aires to Montevideo, over 17 hours, a whole world comes into being, a complex sensibility gets dramatized." (Colm Toibin, author of Brooklyn and The Magician)

"Eminently readable.... Witty.... Mairal gives his character the gift of frankness, and in his uncomfortable admissions and meandering reflections, Lucas, too, comes to accept the limits of his agency and the ineluctable force of reality." (Claire Messud, Harper's magazine)

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