Magazine article World Literature Today

The Secret in Their Eyes

Magazine article World Literature Today

The Secret in Their Eyes

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Eduardo Sacheri. The Secret in Their Eyes. Trans. John Cullen. New York. Other Press. 2015 (© 2011). 384 pages.

This edition is a movie tie-in re-release of the 2011 translation and features artwork on the cover with the faces of Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who starred in the "Major Motion Picture" based on the novel and released last year. As it turned out, the movie wasn't so major and disappeared as quickly as breath on a mirror, and this despite the success of the 2009 Argentine movie based on the novel, which won the Academy Award for best foreign language film as well as dozens of other international awards. If you have to watch one of these, watch the Argentine production, but a far better choice is to read the novel, which is compelling from beginning to end and far richer in detail.

The protagonist, Benjamin Chaparro, retires from his work in the investigative court and sets out to write a book based on an unsolved case that torments him, the rape and murder of a young wife in her own bedroom. His writing also stirs his memories of his love for Irene Hornos, an intern at the time of the murder but now an important judge. …

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