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Francisco Díaz Klaassen
The Shortest Hour

(La hora más corta)

Literary Fiction

  • Published: 01/03/2016
  • ISBN: 9789569583575
  • 128 pages

During a suffocatingly hot summer in New York, two foreigners share a claustrophobic, rat-infested apartment. The woman hates her job and grows more absent every day; the man is bored and unable to write his thesis, instead, spending every night to spying on his neighbors. The passing days become a prison of fragmented events. Before a year has passed the rats will have disappeared, and with them, the woman and the neighbors. All that will be left is the man, his stagnation and decline, in the shortest hour.

About the author

Francisco Díaz Klaassen is the author of Antología del cuento nuevo chileno (2009) and El hombre sin acción (2011), and the short story collections Cuando éramos jóvenes (2012) and Cuentos yanquis (2015). He studied English Literature at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Creative Writing at New York University.