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Out in the Open by Jesús Carrasco
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Jul 03, 2018 | ISBN 9781594634376

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“[B]leak and beautiful… I found myself awake in the early morning hours reading about the trials of the characters in their merciless world… [Carrasco’s] incredibly clean, crisp language (as translated by Margaret Jull Costa), and his precise, deliberate exclusions.” —New York Times Book Review

“This novel’s deep theme is a peculiar kind of heroism—that of claiming, in a world stripped to necessity, a human remainder of grace: the choice to bear witness to ideals that are more precious than survival and that exist only in our affirmation of them. Out in the Open is a harrowing, humane, and very beautiful book.” —Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You 

“A timely and certainly intense meditation on the role trust plays in cultural progress and preservation… a gripping read.” —The Millions

“Contemporary novels rarely engage so plainly with faith and physical suffering. Its characters are observant because to be unobservant, even for a moment, would be fatal…. [B]eautifully written, the ending will break your heart; but that’s not the point. This is a novel in which heartbreak doesn’t matter. Only survival does.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

“Beyond its timely themes of environmental catastrophe and forced migration, the book is written in spare, precise prose that lends it an epic feel. It’s no wonder, then, that Carrasco has already earned comparisons to Cormac McCarthy.” —Chicago Review of Books

“Carrasco’s story is conveyed with an odd beauty and majesty.” —The News & Observer

Out In The Open is exceptionally lean and spry; it moves at a rapid pace… Carrasco offers a direct, straightforward, and sparse world, story, and character, but makes it all feel energetic, dynamic, and mysterious rather than hollow, frivolous, or inconsequential.” —A.V. Club

“A dynamite debut by a writer whose dark and symbolic view of an ominous society seems frighteningly realistic.” —Library Journal (STARRED)

“Spare in dialogue but lush in cinematic description, Carrasco’s novel (as translated by Costa) draws on old archetypes of journey and mentorship, depicting beauty in the gaunt, nameless landscape as well as the relationship between the man and the boy…. Harshly and elegantly told; a quest that feels both old and new.” —Kirkus (STARRED)

“Carrasco has masterfully created a high stakes world, a dystopian tale of life and death, right and wrong, terror and salvation.” —Bookbub

“An astounding and suspenseful read that feels both like ancient parable and ominous warning. Carrasco is a master stylist, and the ‘boy’ of this novel is the perfect hero. Your heart beats next to his on page after remarkable page.” —Ariel Djanikian, author of The Office of Mercy

“[A] terrifying, and violent tale told in sparse, taut prose reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy… [P]assages of lovely writing coupled with the jaw-clenching tension and moments of hope make this a welcome introduction a new voice.” —Publishers Weekly

“Undeniably impressive and compelling.” —The Scotsman

“[A] tale told with savage precision, and filled with memorable passages.” —The Times Literary Supplement

“The writing is austere with flourishes of great beauty from an exceptional translator.” —The Independent (UK) 

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