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The Secret in Their Eyes

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The Secret in Their Eyes

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Now a Major Motion Pictured starring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and Chiwetel Eijiofor

Benjamín Chaparro is a man haunted by his past--a retired detective, he remains obsessed with the decades-old case of the rape and murder of a young woman in her own bedroom. As he revisits the details of the investigation, he is reacquainted with his similarly long, unrequited love for Irene Hornos, then just an intern, now a respected judge. Absorbing and masterfully crafted, The Secret in Their Eyes is a meditation on the effects of the passage of time and unfulfilled desire.

Eduardo Sacheri's tale is imbued with the subdued terror that characterized the Dirty War of 1970s Argentina, and was made into the Academy Award winning film of the same name in 2009. Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and Chiwetel Eijiofor now star in the English language depiction of this gripping story, to be released in the Fall of 2015.
Now a Major Motion Pictured starring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and Chiwetel Eijiofor

Benjamín Chaparro is a man haunted by his past--a retired detective, he remains obsessed with the decades-old case of the rape and murder of a young woman in her own bedroom. As he revisits the details of the investigation, he is reacquainted with his similarly long, unrequited love for Irene Hornos, then just an intern, now a respected judge. Absorbing and masterfully crafted, The Secret in Their Eyes is a meditation on the effects of the passage of time and unfulfilled desire.

Eduardo Sacheri's tale is imbued with the subdued terror that characterized the Dirty War of 1970s Argentina, and was made into the Academy Award winning film of the same name in 2009. Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and Chiwetel Eijiofor now star in the English language depiction of this gripping story, to be released in the Fall of 2015.
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    I'm not sure about my reasons for recounting the story of Ricardo Morales after so many years. I can say that what happened to him has always aroused an obscure fascination in me, as if the man's fate, a life destroyed by tragedy and grief, provided me with a chance to reflect on my own worst fears. I've often caught myself feeling a certain guilty joy at the disasters of others, as if the fact that horrible things happened to other people meant that my own life would be exempt from such tragedies, as if I'd get a kind of safe-conduct based on some obtuse law of probability: If such and such a catastrophe befalls Joe Blow, then it's unlikely that it will also strike Joe's acquaintances, among whom I count myself. It's not as though I can boast of a life filled with success, but when I compare my misfortunes with what Morales suffered, I come out well ahead. In any case, it's not my story I want to tell, it's Morales's story, or Isidoro Gómez's, which is the same story but seen from the other side, or seen upside down, or something like that. Although the morbid interest my subject arouses in me isn't the only reason why I'm writing these pages, it carries some weight and plays some part. But mostly, I suppose, I'm telling the story because I have time to tell it. A lot of time, too much time, so much time that the daily trifles whose sum is my life quickly dissolve into the monotonous nothingness that surrounds me. Being retired is worse than I'd imagined. I should have known it would be. Not because of anything I knew about retirement, but because things we fear generally turn out
    worse when they happen than when we imagined them.

About the Author-
  • Eduardo Sacheri was born in Buenos Aires in 1967. His first collection of short stories, Esperándolo a Tito y otros cuentos de fútbol (Waiting for Tito and Other Soccer Stories) was published in Spain in 2000 under the title Traidores y otros cuentos (Traitors and Other Stories). Three other collections were published between 2001 and 2007, all of which have been best sellers in Argentina. His novel La pregunta de sus ojos has been sold into eight territories, and the film adaptation, The Secret inTheir Eyes, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2010.

    John Cullen is the translator of many books from Spanish, French, German, and Italian, including Margaret Mazzantini's Don't Move, Yasmina Khadra's Middle East Trilogy (The Swallows of Kabul, The Attack, The Sirens of Baghdad), Christa Wolf's Medea, and Manuel de Lope's The Wrong Blood (Other Press). He lives in upstate New York.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 15, 2011
    In Argentinian author Sacheri’s beguiling novel, the basis for the 2010 Academy Award–winning film El secreto de sus ojos, Benjamín Chaparro, a recently retired deputy clerk for Argentina’s investigative court, sets out to write a novel about a case that has haunted him for decades: the 1968 rape and murder of a beautiful young woman, Liliana Colotto. Chaparro’s original investigation into the case became so dangerous that he was forced to flee Buenos Aires until the “Dirty War” officially ended in 1983. Since Liliana’s murder, her devastated widower, Ricardo Morales, has devoted his life to exacting vengeance on his wife’s killer and on the corrupt political machine that enabled the killer to go free. Chaparro’s own unrequited love for Irene Hornos, once an intern and now a powerful judge, gives the Morales case an added resonance. Extracts from Chaparro’s novel in progress blur the line between fiction, reportage, and memoir, as do the other parts of this complex and engaging narrative.

  • Publishers Weekly

    "Beguiling... [A] complex and engaging narrative."

  • Kirkus Reviews "A brutal murder is the starting point for this strange, compelling journey through Argentina's criminal-justice system... A view of the world as a dark place illuminated by personal loyalties."
  • Library Journal "Intriguing and often riveting...This book is primarily a murder mystery, but the focus on 1970s Argentina and the internal angst of the protagonist add layers of complexity. Highly recommended for readers with an interest in suspense, history, and the human psyche."
  • Michael Greenberg, author of Beg, Borrow, Steal and Hurry Down Sunshine "In straightforward prose, Sacheri builds a startling psychological mystery--about the secrets of a country corroded by state terror, and the secrets of a heart so suffocated that it cannot utter its simple, pure desire."
  • Fiction Writers Review "The Secret of Their Eyes...is a supremely accessible novel and a thrilling page-turner whose most nuanced tensions lie in the relationships between its structures and characters and the questions that these pose."
  • Lip Magazine "The Secret in Their Eyes is a beautifully written novel, questioning what compels some people to act and what allows others to let life rush straight past until it is almost too late."
  • The Arts Fuse "[A] brilliant, psychological thriller...based on the past, yet a past that still reverberates so powerfully in the present."
  • Tulsa Books Examiner "Sacheri did something genius here: he wrote a book within a book...If you like mysteries and detective novels, this is definitely one to read."
  • Barnes & Noble Review "Sacheri slyly undermines our assumptions about the most fundamental human responses in a novel that is deeply political and profoundly compassionate."
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