An ebullient comedy about sex, Antarctica, and Ch Guevara. Gabriel Mckenzie was conceived on the night of October 10, 1967, in a bed in Santiago de Chile-at the exact moment, his mother claims, that Ch Guevara was being buried hundreds of miles to the north, in Bolivia. The next day, his father, Cris-tbal, makes a bet with his best friend Pablo Barn: Cristbal wagers that he will make love to a woman every night for the next twenty-five years. Barn bets that on that date in 1992, he, Pablo, will be the most powerful man in Chile. By 1991, Gabriel Mckenzie, exiled in Manhattan, is a baby-faced twenty-three-year-old virgin. Traumatized by the presence of a Don Juan progenitor in Chile, Gabriel returns home to seek help from his father. But before he can lift the curse on his sex life, he must travel to the South Pole and solve the mystery of who is threatening the iceberg that Pablo wants to carve out of Antarctica and ship to Seville to celebrate America's 500 years. Will Cristbal make it into the Guinness Book of World Records? Will Gabriel get his confidence back and fall in love-and into bed? Will Gabriel's eighty-year-old nanny, who may be the last of a nearly extinct tribe from Patagonia, save the family from disaster? Rabelaisian, picaresque, and erotic, The Nanny and the Iceberg is the most disarmingly original fiction yet from the highly acclaimed author of Konfidenz and Death and the Maiden.
Literature & Fiction, World Literature, United States,