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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Pushkin Press (13 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782270558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782270553
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is writing of a quality rarely encountered... when you read Neuman's beautiful novel, you realise a very high bar has been set' Guardian

A contemporary family drama and unflinching story of grief. The cast is chiseled down to three main characters... whose solo voices braid together to create a kaleidoscopic whole The New York Times

Neuman is a master craftsman... Talking To Ourselves is a wonderfully articulate novel about a vast and painful subject Independent on Sunday

The book does not attempt to find coherence beyond each narrator's individual account, which is precisely what makes it so affecting TLS

An unforgettable exploration of the emotional landscape of grief and loss Bookanista

How much pain isolates, and the way we cope with that isolation, are brought wrenchingly to life over the next 120 pages... a startling second act for [Neuman]... feels as stark as a Harold Pinter play... It is very hard to find a novel that understands so well how grief touches the erotic Toronto Star

Neuman has a discerning eye for the foibles of human existence and yet an unwavering compassion for, and understanding of, them --Elif Shafak

Neuman is a master craftsman… Talking To Ourselves is a wonderfully articulate novel about a vast and painful subject --Independent on Sunday

About the Author

Andrés Neuman was born in Buenos Aires in 1977, and grew up and lives in Spain. The son of Argentinian émigré musicians, he has published numerous novels, short stories, essays and poetry collections. His first novel to be translated into English, Traveller of the Century, was awarded the Alfaguara Prize and the National Critics Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2013 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.


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I read this book after hearing Andreas Neuman being interviewed on radio 4. It is told from the the perspective three people the husband wife and small son and he captures the separate voice of each wonderfully. A relatively short book that doesn't flag at any moment and carries you through this very moving story, highly recommended, it loses a star only because it's a quick read.
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A beautifully written story about a family trying to cope with grief.
The husband has a terminal illness and he takes his son on a journey . Sad and wonderful .
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This novel is both complex and simple. The themes are the big ones: love, life, loss, death, marriage, children and our search for meaning in the human experience. Sounds a lot for book of 150 pages.... But, boy, does Neuman succeed. The book is told in the voices of the three members of a young family, giving the narrative a very personal feel. But the things we are told by the three are profound, funny and memorable. You will rapidly begin to care for these three souls. I will be following Andres Neuman from now on. And this is a book I will keep and re-read whenever I can.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By little lady blue on 28 May 2014
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The thoughts of three people dealing with illness and impending death is the premise of this novel.
Lito, the ten year old boy
Elena, the wife/mother
Mario, the husband/father who is sick

I never got a sense of who these people were and I still didn't like them.

Mario is terminally ill but we don't know from what, or for how long, we are only allowed to surmise. Mario's chapters are sparse so we don't get much from him at all.

Lito's chapters are also sparse, but not especially relevant since the boy has no idea his father is dying.

Elena's chapters are over long, much longer than Mario and Lito's combined, with way too much referencing quotations from other books. (The author would like us to know that he is well read??)

Elena, the wife/mother has a sleazy affair with her husband's doctor, Dr. Escalante, told in great sexual detail.

I don't completely blame Elena for her sordid indiscretion, but Dr. Escalante, whose thoughts we are not privy to is a debauched, abhorrent doctor who has never heard of the Hippocratic Oath.

It's only 148 pages, but it's 148 pages I could have done without.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Unleashed on 24 April 2014
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Pain isolates, and the way we cope with that isolation. Profound, engaged and sad but somehow gives one a sense of closure.​
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