Showing posts with label Daniel Alarcón. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Daniel Alarcón. Show all posts

Friday, October 18, 2013

#FridayReads: At Night We Walk in Circles: A Novel by Daniel Alarcon

Out at the end of the month:

At Night We Walk in Circles: A Novel by Daniel Alarcon  is described as a breakout book from a prizewinning young writer: a breathtaking, suspenseful story of one man’s obsessive search to find the truth of another man’s downfall:

Nelson’s life is not turning out the way he hoped. His girlfriend is sleeping with another man, his brother has left their South American country, leaving Nelson to care for their widowed mother, and his acting career can’t seem to get off the ground. That is, until he lands a starring role in a touring revival of The Idiot President, a legendary play by Nelson’s hero, Henry Nunez, leader of the storied guerrilla theater troupe Diciembre. And that’s when the real trouble begins.

The tour takes Nelson out of the shelter of the city and across a landscape he’s never seen, which still bears the scars of the civil war. With each performance, Nelson grows closer to his fellow actors, becoming hopelessly entangled in their complicated lives, until, during one memorable performance, a long-buried betrayal surfaces to force the troupe into chaos.

Nelson’s fate is slowly revealed through the investigation of the narrator, a young man obsessed with Nelson’s story—and perhaps closer to it than he lets on. In sharp, vivid, and beautiful prose, Alarcón delivers a compulsively readable narrative and a provocative meditation on fate, identity, and the large consequences that can result from even our smallest choices.

English: Writer Daniel Alarcón at the Mercanti...
 (Photo: Wikipedia)
Daniel Alarcón is author of the critically-acclaimed story collection War by Candlelight, and the novel Lost City Radio, winner of the 2009 International Literature Prize. His writing has appeared in Granta, n+1, and Harper’s, and he has been named one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40.” Alarcón is Executive Producer of Radio Ambulante, a Spanish-language storytelling podcast, and he lives in San Francisco

Monday, July 02, 2012

Guardian Books: Latin American Novels and Poetry List

Cover of "In Search of Klingsor"
Cover of In Search of Klingsor
Reading list

Mexico (the "crack" generation)
In Search of Klingsor by Jorge Volpi
Diorama by Vicente Herrasti
The Host by Guadalupe Nettel
The Blue Hour by Alonso Cueto
Don't Tell Anyone by Jaime Bayly
Etiqueta Negra magazine (narrative journalism; only available in Spanish)
Chile (the McOndo literary movement)
Bad Vibes by Alberto Fuguet
The Private Lives of Trees by Alejandro Zambra
Daniel Alarcón
Daniel Alarcón (Photo credit: Kanaka Menehune)
The Secret History of Costaguana by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Mastroianni Day by João Paulo Cuenca
Symphony in White by Adriana Lisboa
The Year of the Desert by Pedro Mairal
Traveller of the Century by Andrés Neuman
Puerto Rico
Yo-Yo Boing! by Giannina Braschi
Fiona Sampson's poetry recommendations
César Vallejo: The Complete Poetry ed Clayton Eshleman (University of California Press)
The Essential Neruda ed. Mark Eisner (Bloodaxe)
The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz, ed Eliot Wienberger (New Directions)
Against Heaven by Dulce María Loynaz trans. James O'Connor (Carcanet)
Migrations by Gloria Gervitz trans Mark Schafer (Shearsman)
Anima by José Kozer trans Peter Boyle (Shearsman)
The Whole Island: Six Decades of Cuban Poetry ed Mark Weiss (University of California Press)
World literature tour recommendations
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