The short stories in So Much Smoke owe much
to Félix Calvino’s own experiences as a migrant
who moved from the Galicia region of Spain to
Australia, a country and culture radically
different from the peasant village he left behind.
The majority of the stories chronicle the
hardships and small joys of village life, while the
Australian stories tell of the migrant
experience in which all that is known is forfeited
in the search for material security.