Javier Chibrando (Santa Fe, 1961) is an Argentinean writer and musician. He is one of the organizers of the Festival Azabache (Noir and Crime) in Mar del Plata and gives regular writing workshops in Argentina and at international events. He has already published three novels, among which Todavía no cumplí cincuenta y ya estoy muerto (Ed. Barataria, Spain), shortlisted in 1999 for La Sonrisa Vertical Prize for erotic literature (Ed. Tusquets).
- La caza mayor (The Big Game) I PUBLISHER: Eduvim I LANGUAGE: Spanish I YEAR: 2012 I PAGES: 100 I GENRE: Crime novel/Noir/Literary fiction I RIGHTS: World
Pierino Baldacci, an Argentinean Jew of Italian descent, is “a man who trained to hunt rabbits and one day, just behind a eucalyptus tree in the middle of nowhere, found a lion.” Working as a clothes seller, he’s always travelling around the country. However, he is primarily a hunter, but hares and rabbits are only a metaphor that hides his true activity. Pierino is in fact a Nazis hunter who finds, in a small village fallen off the map, exactly what he’s been looking for for his entire life: the man responsible for the killing of his whole family.
A dark crime novel with an oppressive atmosphere, this story is set in Argentina, where police are accomplices of murderers and justice is relative: a place where all the conflicts that had started in Europe seem to be deemed to come to an end. As the mystery deepens through the story, in a crescendo of suspense, logical reasoning seems to be the only element that can help solve the case.
At one point in the novel, Pierino turns into a meticulous researcher: collecting data, interviewing witnesses, making conjectures and finally reaching out for the truth or at least for a small portion of it. A skilled character creator (Pierino is a sort of tribute to Primo Levi) and a crafty and ironic storyteller who presents a strong plot where everything seems to fall into place all the way through the end, Chiabrando delivers a solid crime novel that doesn’t disappoint.
“Chiabrando works with a genre which is not much explored in Latin American literature and his talent can easily compare to the one of more experienced European or North American crime writers”.
– Magazine Letras Emergentes, Mexico