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From the verdant hills of Rio de Janeiro to Evita Perón’s glittering Buenos Aires, from the haven of a corner butcher shop to the halls of the United States Embassy in Montevideo, this gripping novel—at once expansive and lush with detail—examines the intertwined fates of a continent and a family in upheaval. The Invisible Mountain is a deeply intimate exploration of the search for love and authenticity in the lives of three women, and a penetrating portrait of the small, tenacious nation of Uruguay, shaken by the gales of the twentieth century.
On the first day of the year 1900, a small town deep in the Uruguayan countryside gathers to witness a miracle—the mysterious reappearance of a lost infant, Pajarita—and unravel its portents for the century. Later, as a young woman in the capital city—Montevideo, brimming with growth and promise—Pajarita begins a lineage of fiercely independent women with her enamored husband, Ignazio, a young immigrant from Italy and the inheritor of both a talent for boat making and a latent, more sinister family trait. Their daughter, Eva, a fragile yet ferociously stubborn beauty intent on becoming a poet, overcomes an early, shattering betrayal to embark on a most unconventional path toward personal and artistic fulfillment. And Eva’s daughter, Salomé, awakening to both her sensuality and political convictions amid the violent turmoil of the late 1960s, finds herself dangerously attracted to a cadre of urban guerrilla rebels, despite the terrible consequences of such principled fearlessness.
Provocative, heartbreaking and ultimately life-affirming, The Invisible Mountain is a poignant celebration of the potency of familial love, the will to survive in the most hopeless of circumstances, and, above all, the fierce, fortifying connection between mother and daughter.A Q&A with Carolina De Robertis
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Starred Review. The history of Uruguay through the 20th century sparks personal tragedies amid political intrigues and cultural upheavals in this enchanting, funny and heartbreaking debut novel. Three generations of women populate this sweeping saga: Pajarita, the miracle child who at the dawn of the new century disappears and then reappears in a tree, born twice, as the residents of her small town say; Eva, Pajarita's daughter, who suffers a cruel childhood and learns to spin her painful experiences into a new life of art and adventure as a poet; and Salomé, seduced by communism and nearly losing everything fighting for the cause she believes will save her country. This novel is beautifully written yet deliberate in its storytelling. It gains momentum as the women's lives spin increasingly out of control while Uruguay sinks into war, economic instability and revolution. An extraordinary first effort whose epic scope and deft handling reverberate with the deep pull of ancestry, the powerful influence of one's country and the sacrifices of reinvention. (Aug.)
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This was a wonderful read. An epic story of women across several generations Ina little known country Uruguay that went through a painful history. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael Egholm
The author is clearly a gifted storyteller and I was honored to have the opportunity to read this story and become totally engaged with its characters. Read morePublished 18 months ago by C.L.Brown
Carolina de Robertis writes a powerful novel about three generations of women. Interweaving magical realism with the real history of Uruguay and Argentina, De Robertis constructs a... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Morrigan Alexandros
De Robertis weaves a masterful tale, a family saga, based on stories from her grandmother, true happenings in the life of a young woman caught up in the Uruguayan brutal... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lydia F. Garrett
Excellent weaving of family history, history of Uruguay, with some poetry and compelling characters. Makes me want to visit this seemingly charmed and magical country of Uruguay.Published 21 months ago by Martha Rebour
Great story based on real facts that happened in my Country,spyced whit her fascinating imagination. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jacquira
There are very few good examples of Latin American magical realism in English, but with The Invisible Mountain, Carolina de Robertis has written an excellent one! Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Noel Wiggins
and music swelling off the pages of this book. lovers of history, Latin America, the stories that bind us together by the heart strings need to read Carolina De Robertis' lovely... Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by Sally Adam