Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Presenting "Out in the Open"

A talk by Spanish writer, Jesús Carrasco

Thu, March 29, 2018 | Student Activity Center (SAC), room 3.112

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Jesús Carrasco
Jesús Carrasco

Jesús Carrasco presents his award-winning debut novel Out in the Open (Riverhead Books, 2017) about a boy fleeing across an unnamed, drought-stricken country ruled by unspeakable violence.

“From inside his hole in the ground, he heard the sound of voices calling his name.” So begins Out in the Open by award-winning Spanish author Jesús Carrasco. The boy crouching in the hole is fleeing from his family, hiding in a grave of his own making. He eventually emerges, but his destiny is not one of ease.

Out in the Open takes place in a chilling dystopia that calls to mind the bleakness of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road or Samuel Beckett’s theater. We’re introduced to a boy hiding beneath the ground from an armed mob sent to capture him, and we follow him as he flees across an unnamed, drought-stricken country ruled by unspeakable violence. As he crosses this barren landscape, he is faced with a choice that will determine the direction of the rest his life: choose hope and bravery, or live forever mired in the brutality with which he grew up.

From its haunting opening words to its heartbreaking conclusion, Out in the Open is a stark novel. Carrasco’s debut is already a bestseller in Europe, earning him the English PEN Award, and has been published in over 25 languages. Riverhead Books published Margaret Jull Costa’s translation on July 4, 2017. His second novel won him the 2016 European Union Prize for Literature

“Bleak and beautiful debut novel… I found myself awake in the early morning hours reading about the trials of the characters in their merciless world… Carrasco’s incredibly clean, crisp language (as translated by Margaret Jull Costa), and his precise, deliberate exclusions.” —New York Times Book Review


An event open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and SPAIN arts & culture and conducted by Pterodáctilo.


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