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The Trail We Leave [Paperback]

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The Trail We Leave received rave reviews in Denmark for its exploration of the lives of exiles in Scandinavia and the difficulty of living between two cultures (with sometimes comic, sometimes tragic results). These stories are told from moments of crisis as the various characters try to assimilate into a new culture-the highly intelligent Chilean schoolgirl who suffers the pressure of achieving in a difficult foreign language, the romantic young man from Bangladesh brought to ruin because he misinterprets the sexual mores of Scandinavia or the Chilean couple whose marriage crumbles under the tensions of exile.

In one way or another, we are all exiles, and these stories will appeal to the general reader because of their exploration of the consequences of miscommunication. As Michael Zangenberg wrote in Politiken, Palma "also expands the field to embrace the gap between the sexes, between two national languages and cultures, between life and death, between past and future."

"Fine short stories about a human being who is pulled up by the roots and has to try to create new ones."-Niels Lillelund, Jyllands Posten

Born in Santiago, in 1954, Rubn Palma grew up in one of Santiago's larger, working-class quarters of that time. He left Chile in 1973, immediately following the coup. Since 1974, he has resided in Denmark and is now a Danish citizen. Employed by the Danish Red Cross since 1985, he is a member of the Danish Author's Society and has published three works of fiction in Denmark to critical praise, Letter to Denmark, Meeting with Denmark, and The Trail We Leave. His two plays, To the Flesh-To the Heart and The Trade were published and performed in Denmark.

Alexander Taylor has translated numerous Danish writers, including Benny Andersen, Klaus Rifbjerg, and Ole Sarvig.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   166
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2004
Publisher   Curbstone Press
ISBN  1931896097  
ISBN13  9781931896092  

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Great Book   Dec 24, 2004
More than one year ago, I met Ruben Palma. It was at the BEA, Chicago, 2004, where he gave me his book: The Trail We Leave. Wonderful and surprising stories. Charming and original characters. Personal, but without narcissism. Spoke to me on a visceral level. Thanks very much! (5 or maybe 6 stars are for Isabel Allende, still my favourite Latin-American writer).
In the lands of exile and immigration  Dec 22, 2004
Exile and immigration are supposed to be fruitful for literary creation.
It is then surprising that there is so little literature focusing on that strange zone between what was left behind in the old land - and a new, often harsh and unreachable future in the arrival destination.
Palma uses a firm and non sentimental narrative to present remarkable characters in these ten short stories. For example: Zapatito (Little Shoe), the humble and helpful ping pong genius in Copenhagen. Artemio Zandoval, the wannabe writer who discovers his true fate. Isabel, the little schoolgirl who is divided between a death and life, between a past in Playa Verde or a future in Vestervig. And The Angel, a dream like beauty, who kissed a young refugee welcome to Denmark. Adam and Shaha, the Chilean and the Bangladeshi, both wandering in cold and mysterious Helsinki, both lost in unsolvable love affairs.
There is nostalgia and sadness, but also humour and irony. Some of the plots move unpredictably from one twist of fate to another, sometimes leaving the reader with a strong sense of absurdity. I would have loved being able to read the original text in Danish. But Danish is not the strong side of most people. The translation into English seemed excellent to me.
The trail we leave  Dec 21, 2004
"The trail we leave" is a book by the Chilean born Danish writer Rubén Palma, which continues the long and bright litterature tradition of Chile. In this novel Rubén Palma, with humor and nostalgy describes the process of trying to live in a new country and put up with all things life brings: love, sex, friendship, disillusion, hope and belief. And all this in foreign environment, which at the end appears to be as familiar as the native one: All people, in spite of different nations, cultures, religions and governments, have the same needs: to love, to be loved, to be estimated and accepted.
Palma is not the only writer, who was forced to leave Chile for political reasons. José Luis Sepulveda, Isabel Allende and of course Pablo Neruda did the same, and continued their creative writing from the new countries, the exile, and created fantastic works of litterature, showing that Chile is the country of poets and writers, and giving a totally different view of South America, than the one prevailing in the media of the western world.
Nowadays, many people are forced to leave their country too, for various reasons: economical, political, personal etc. Many of them are forced to chose the hard way, since the rich part of the world does not allow them to come there and to seek all these things every human being has the right to enjoy: material safety, political freedom, personal integrity, even family reunion in our days tends to be criminalized. A writer is always welcome because he or she has the talent of giving soul to the words. Many people do not have this gift, but they still are people. Rubén Palma's book shows it clearly. Read it and think twice, everytime you hear expressions like "Economical refugees", "Immigration is a danger for our society" and all that stuff.

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