The Imagined Land


By Eduardo Berti
Translated from the Spanish by Charlotte Coombe

Evoking Calvino & Yan Lianke, Oulipo member Berti paints a classic tragic love story with sumptuous detail in pre-revolutionary China.

Publication Date: September 25, 2018

Paperback: 9781941920619
Ebook: 9781941920626



“One of the most original and talented novelists writing in Spanish today.” — Alberto Manguel

With sensuous imagery and musical cadence, renowned Oulipian Eduardo Berti conjures an exquisite, star-crossed love story in pre-revolutionary China. The desires of a young girl, visited in her dreams by her grandmother’s ghost, clash with the strict expectations of her parents, exploring the delicate balance between modernity and tradition, mysticism and memory.

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“Lauded Argentine writer Eduardo Berti turns his talent for enchanted settings and light but meaningful social commentary to the setting of prerevolutionary China. The Imagined Land is the story of a girl and her brother, both of whose loves and longings set them at odds with their family. Reminiscently sweet, Berti portrays young love in all its enchantment.” – World Literature Today Winter 2019 Issue