From Argentine literary powerhouse Ricardo Piglia, The Way Out is "an offbeat take on the campus novel, full of sex, intrigue, and marginalia" (Kirkus Reviews) that probes the lengths we go to hide our own truths and to uncover the secrets of others.
In the mid 1990s Emilio Renzi leaves his unstable life in Argentina to take a visiting position at a prestigious university in New Jersey. Settling in for a semester of academic quietude, he is unexpectedly swept up in a secret romance with his colleague, the brilliant and enigmatic Ida Brown. But their clandestine relationship is cut brutally short by an apparent tragic car accident. Discontented with the police's lackluster inquiries into Ida's death, Renzi begins his own investigation.
His suspicions are piqued as details emerge about a bizarre string of attacks targeting scientists and researchers. Then a radical manifesto appears in the press threatening continued violence. As he delves deeper into Ida Brown's past, Renzi discovers a link between her and the terrorist that sets him on a path of no return: he must discover once and for all whether her death was part of a larger pattern and, if so, whether she was a victim or accomplice. Renzi's quest for truth exposes a darker side of humanity that will force him to confront the systems and culture that could produce such a misguided killer.
Praise for The Way Out:
"An offbeat take on the campus novel, full of sex, intrigue, and marginalia."
Praise for The Diaries of Emilio Renzi:
"Splendidly crafted and interspliced with essays and stories, this beguiling work is to a diary as Piglia is to "Emilio Renzi": a lifelong alter ego, a highly self-conscious shadow volume that brings to bear all of Piglia's prowess as it illuminates his process of critical reading and the inevitable tensions between art and life. Amid meeting redheads at bars, he dissects styles and structures with a surgeon's precision, turning his gaze on a range of writers, from Plato to Dashiell Hammett, returning time and again to Pavese, Faulkner, Dostoyevsky, Arlt and Borges. Chock-full of lists of books and films he consumed in those voracious early years of call girls, carbon paper, amphetamines and Heidegger, this is an embarrassment of riches by turns an inspiring master class in narrative analysis, an accounting of the pesos left in his pockets and a novel of Piglia's grandfather (named Emilio, natch) with his archive of World War I materials pilfered from Italian corpses. No previous familiarity with Piglia's work is needed to appreciate these bibliophilic diaries, adroitly repurposed through a dexterous game of representation and masks that speaks volumes of the role of the artist in society, the artist in his time, the artist in his tradition."
Mara Faye Lethem, The New York Times Book Review
"For the past few years, every Latin American novelist I know has been telling me how lavish, how grand, how transformative was the Argentinian novelist Ricardo Piglia's final project, a fictional journal in three volumes, Los diarios de Emilio RenziRenzi being Piglia's fictional alter ego. And now here at last is the first volume in English, The Diaries of Emilio Renzi: Formative Years, translated by Robert Croll. It's something to be celebrated [It] offer[s] one form of resistance to encroaching fascism: style."
Adam Thirlwell, BookForum, The Best Books of 2017
"[A] masterpiece. everything written by Ricardo Piglia, which we read as intellectual fabrications and narrated theories, was partially or entirely lived by Emilio Renzi. The visible, cerebral chronicles hid a secret history that was flesh and bones."
Jorge Carrión, The New York Times
"A valediction from the noted Argentine writer, known for bringing the conventions of hard-bo