“Refugiados: Crónica de un Palestino” is a novel that is ahead of its times. It is also a premonitory novel.
It is ahead of its times because no fiction had yet dealt with the Arab – Israeli conflict; it is premonitory because it offers an enlightening view of the violence and the ancestry of hatred that this conflict still carries.
Written during the months that preceded the Six Days’ War, and recounted by an unnamed protagonist -a fact which is a testimony to the virtuosity of the author; it also gives the character a symbolic value- “Refugiados..” has the characteristic depth and clarity of all of Aguinis’ works. It is also fraught with historical data that do not obstruct the flow of the tale.
There are unanticipated events and shades. The novel recounts, in the joyful accents of youth, the discussions of a group of youngsters thrown together in the Germany of the 70’s. It also delves deep into the effects of reality on the thinking of those times, and it presents, with a poetic and elusive touch, the birth of love between two young people who are separated by intolerance. This aspect strikes an intense and long-lasting emotional chord within the reader, suffusing this intense and irresistible novel with a stimulating mystery. It is a landmark among argentine novels.