Historia del llanto

Grief Story

Historia del llanto

By the age of thirteen, the hero of Historia del Llanto has undergone a perfect training in progressive politics. He is a sensitive boy, who has studied hard at the school of pain and feeling, has spent time with those who have suffered and has digested all the required reading for political militants in 1960s Latin America. However, one day in September 1973, while watching Pinochet’s coup against Salvador Allende, as the Palacio de La Moneda burns on his television screen, he tries to cry but finds himself as dry as a desert. Suddenly his precocious CV as an incipient revolutionary begins to crumble. 

Historia del Llanto is a novel that retrospectively examines the myths of the 1970s—the underground lifestyle, the double lives, the sacrifice—through a prism that is faulty, but fertile: the point of contact between the intimate whispers of the consciousness and the loud cries of politics.

"Alan Pauls has cemented his position as one of the best living South American novelists” (Roberto Bolaño).

“The rise of Alan Pauls is the best thing that has happened to Argentinean literature since the appearance of Manuel Puig” (Ricardo Piglia).


  • Brasil (Cosac & Naify)
  • The Netherlands (Meulenhoff)
  • France (Christian Bourgois)
  • Italy (Fazi)
  • Germany (Klett-Cotta)
  • Turkey (Can Yayinlari)
  • Italy (SUR)
Alan Pauls

Alan Pauls

Alan Pauls (Buenos Aires, 1959) is an author, journalist, script writer and cinema critic. He has a BA and was a lecturer of Literary Theory in the Philosophy department of the UBA and the founder of the magazine Lecturas Críticas. He was editor-in-chief of the magazine Página/30 and has also been associate editor of Radar, the Sunday supplement of Página/12, which he continues contributing to regularly.

At the moment he writes a column for the Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo and organizes the independent cinema season el ciclo Primer Plano for cable I-Sat.