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The Dinner Guest
The Dinner Guest | Gabriela Ybarra
11 posts | 8 read | 11 to read
The story goes that in my family theres an extra dinner guest at every meal. Hes invisible, but always there. He has a plate, glass, knife and fork. Every so often he appears, casts his shadow over the table, and erases one of those present. The first to vanish was my grandfather. In 1977, three terrorists broke into Gabriela Ybarras grandfathers home, and pointed a gun at him in the shower. This was the last time his family saw him alive, and his kidnapping played out in the press, culminating in his murder. Ybarra first heard the story when she was eight, but it was only after her mothers death, years later, that she felt the need to go deeper and discover more about her familys past. The Dinner Guest is a novel, with the feel of documentary non-fiction. It connects two life-changing events the very public death of Ybarras grandfather, and the more private pain as her mother dies from cancer and Gabriela cares for her. Devastating yet luminous, the book is an investigation, marking the arrival of a talented new voice in international fiction.
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DreeMorris
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Mehso-so

Autofiction—not my favorite. In this short and quick read, Ybarra looks at the kidnapping and killing of her grandfather by Basque separatists (6 years before she was born), and her mother‘s decline and death from colorectal cancer 30-odd years later. But this isn‘t a memoir, it‘s a novel. By it doesn‘t read like a novel, it reads like a memoir or essays. What‘s real what‘s not? Why didn‘t she just write a memoir? Longlisted Booker intl 2018.

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catiewithac
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Pickpick

I‘m addicted to independent press book subscriptions! This book hails from Transit Books which publishes “enduring works that carry readers across borders and communities.” Translated from Spanish this unconventional *fictional* account of the author‘s grappling with the deaths of her grandfather and mother was on the Man Booker International longlist. It‘s haunting. Ybarra does not flinch at death. To the departed she says, I will remember. 🌲

catiewithac @JamieArc I will send this to you! Are you at the same address still? 6mo
JamieArc @catiewithac Yes I am! I actually put a little something in the mail for you last week that I think you‘ll appreciate, but it may take a little while to get to you :-) 6mo
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RebeccaH
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Just started...

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Emilymdxn
The Dinner Guest | Gabriela Ybarra
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Pickpick

A lot of books try very hard to construct lives and relationships out of brief, episodic vignettes and so many of them end up pretentious and I‘m-so-symbolic sounding, and this one managed what they failed at perfectly. Small episodes built up complicated webs of love and politics, and the translation was pure and simple. Can‘t believe this didn‘t make the Man Booker International shortlist last year.

2/50 this year for reading my owned tbr

Freespirit It sounds good 11mo
saresmoore Great review! 11mo
Kalalalatja Great review, and such a pretty cover! 10mo
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Simona Last year longlist was very strong, with very hard competitors. 10mo
Bluestocking Just finished this and it made me tear up. Great review! 10mo
RebeccaH I just started this and am excited about it! 9mo
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Emilymdxn
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Lunchtime reading 🥰 this book is amazing and I‘m so glad I had something Spanish on my shelves in advance of my trip. A clean desk, nice leftovers, a ginger shot for my crap immune system = pretty much ideal lunch break

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Emilymdxn
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Bought this when it was nominated for the Man Booker International last year and didn‘t get round to it so it‘s become book 2/50 of my plan to get through my owned tbr and live in a more minimalist way. I also wanted to read something translated from Spanish in advance of my trip in March

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Emilymdxn
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Continuing to assemble the long listed books for #manbookerinternational2018! It‘ll be a big challenge to read them all in time, but I‘m giving it a try. Currently I‘ve bought 7/13 and read 2.5/13. This will be my Spain book for #litworld2018gb as well so it‘s not all that important if I don‘t manage it in time for the prize list!

TheKidUpstairs That's an ambitious undertaking! Good luck! I think I'll wait for the short list and then pick one or two to read. So many bookish challenges going on, I'm trying not to get too overwhelmed. I need to leave myself room to pick up books on a whim, too! 2y
Emilymdxn @TheKidUpstairs yeah I think I could have done the longlist if I‘d started earlier and been more determined but I didn‘t manage that! I quite like ticking books off lists but I don‘t wanna let it overwhelm me/cost me too much money! 2y
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Simona
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Intimated story of the author and her family (with the focus on kidnapped grandfather and dying mother) is painted on the historical background - the terrorist activism of the separatist group ETA in Spain. It is an emotional story, but without excessive sentimentality, and precisely this narrative voice is the strongest element in this average, but very readable story. For now ⭐️⭐️⭐️ but I have a feeling that this is a slowly sneaking up story...

LeahBergen Nice review 👌🏼 2y
batsy Great review, Simona. Forgive me, I have let you down—I have barely even read one from the longlist 😳 Maybe I should aim for the shortlist? 🤣🤣 2y
Simona @LeahBergen Thank you 😘 2y
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Simona @batsy I will remind you on that next week 😘 2y
Suet624 How many books on the long list have you read? 2y
Simona @Suet624 I‘m currently reading twelfth 🤓 2y
Suet624 Wow! That‘s impressive. Your favorite so far? 2y
Simona @Suet624 For now - hesitating between 7th Function of Language and 2y
Suet624 I think I must have stacked Flying Mountain after reading your 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 review. 2y
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Simona
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From my current read where the story takes place in the Bilbao, Madrid and #NewYork

#aprella

Mdargusch I love that view! 2y
Reviewsbylola Nice! 😍 2y
emilyhaldi Throw in the constant barrage of traffic noise and sirens and you really can't forget where you are! ❤️ this! 2y
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RedbagReadbooks @Simona how can I get a hold of this book? I have looked on amazon which is where I normally get my books. I live in the US. Thanks 2y
Simona @Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi I live in a country with a population of 2 million--I can't imagine to live in such a monstrous city 😬 (edited) 2y
RedbagReadbooks @Simona thank you 😁. I was reading your next comment about living in a country of 2 million. What country do you live in? I am in Iowa and live in a smaller town. Love it 😍 2y
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Mel
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BarbaraBB
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And yet another longlist: the one for the Man Booker International Prize. I am ashamed to notice I have read none of them, although the Binet is high on my wishlist...

Anyhow, exciting again! #manbookerinternationalprize

Tamra Booklust 🤤 2y
LauraBeth Thanks for posting! 2y
Kalalalatja I haven‘t read any of them either! 2y
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Creadnorthey Likewise not a one... 2y
enidkeaner I haven read any of them but I have a copy of Go, Went, Gone and it‘s on my TBR (edited) 2y
RidgewayGirl I haven‘t either, but I will. 2y
minkyb I need more hours in my day. I have not read any of these titles. Sad. 2y
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