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Roland Buti

Year of the Drought


It was the month of June, in the year 1976. I was thirteen. It was the start of the summer holidays. It was the year of the drought.The Sutters have been farming on the Swiss plateau for generations, but now the household teeters on the brink of ruin. The crops are audibly roasting; the cooling systems of the new hen-house are breaking down; even the family sheepdog, Sheriff, has taken to fainting in the unheard-of temperatures. When the glamorous, metropolitan Ccile comes to stay at the farm, she quickly becomes a focus for dreams that have long been suppressed -- of freedom, art and sex. Meanwhile, 13-year-old Gus, with only his injured dove for company, observes helplessly as his family and his carefree childhood dissolve in the heat. A tender, funny, elegiac novel about a lost, rural way of life, Year of the Drought is a perfect companion to Robert Seethaler's A Whole Life. Taking place over one apocalyptic summer, it evokes several worlds -- of childhood, of traditional farming, of patriarchy -- at the very moment of their destruction.

Format: Paperback
Published: in UK in 2018
Publisher: Old Street Publishing
Pages: 160
Language: English
ISBN 13: 9781910400760
ISBN 10: 1910400769
Edition: New ed

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Year of the Drought