The Farm (UK Edition)

By Héctor Abad

In his latest novel The Farm, Héctor Abad presents us with the moving story of a closely-knit Colombian family. When the Ángel family’s beloved home in the Antioquian wilderness falls into danger, they manage to defend it against the guerrillas and, later, the paramilitaries – but at a high price.

After their parents‘ death, Pilar, Eva and Toño have to decide the fate of their father’s legacy. While Pilar and Toño want to keep La Oculta, Eva, who experienced something terrible…
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Date of publication 1 January 1970

Anne McLean


Literary novel


‘Héctor Abad’s novel The Farm is today’s literary response to Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. A masterpiece.’ —Neue Zürcher Zeitung‘An elegy to the fragile paradises that we must all leave behind.’ —Le Monde‘Abad’s finely crafted novel not only expounds its narrators’ contrasting attitudes towards sex, rural life and tradition in a modernising country, but also tells in fictional form the true story of an attempt to create a rural middle class in Colombia.’ —The Economist‘The Farm is a treasure. With this novel, which deals with a seemingly local theme – the residents’ love for the land and the colonization of the town of Jericó – Héctor Abad gives us a universal work that explores the attachments that enslave human beings, who, to preserve them, are willing to risk everything’ —El Espectador

‘Mr. Abad’s prose is elastic and alive’—Dwight Garner, The New York Times 

‘An elegy to the fragile paradises that we must all leave behind.’—Le Monde

About the author

Héctor Abad

Héctor Abad was born in Medellín, Colombia, in 1958, where he studied medicine, philosophy and journalism. After being expelled from university for writing a defamatory text against the Pope, he moved to Italy. In 2008, Abad was a guest of the DAAD‘s Artist-in-Residence Programme in Berlin. He now lives again in Colombia. El olvido que seremos sold over 250,000 copies in Spanish.