Zambra’s interactive hybrid text, attentively translated by Megan McDowell, parodies the form of the Chilean Academic Aptitude Test — specifically from 1993, the year he took the test — which students would take to apply to Chilean universities.
In Multiple Choice, Alejandro Zambra asks us to remember a lot of things:
A) A lost love
B) A dead friend
C) A sixty-five-year-old woman who lost a breast to cancer, and never forgot she was missing a breast
D) A curfew imposed in Santiago, Chile, under Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship