A Simple Story

Nonfiction by Leila Guerriero

Translated from the Spanish by Frances Riddle

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Hats off to Guerriero…

The Paris Review

Guerriero transforms Rodolfo’s quest into a fable, reminiscent of the work of her countrymen Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar….A timeless tale rendered in spare, evocative prose.


An epic of noble proportions—Guerriero is a mistress of the telling phrase or the revealing detail.

—Sarah Crompton, The Spectator

A Simple Story is about an expression of a culture that, unlike tango, has been passed over, neglected or forgotten by all but a few devotees, for whom it is an obsession. Its obscurity, this books suggests, is its salvation.

The Economist

Guerriero irrefutably proves that journalism can be one of the beaux arts. Below the light and agile surface that grabs your attention from the first lines, she shows a sureness and a seriousness that confer on her work a powerful consistency.

—Mario Vargas Llosa
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