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This novel is placed alongside La Fiesta del Chivo as one of the best novels portraying the political and social events of Latin America in the last decades of the 20th century. Accused of participating in criminal actions of the Somoza regime, Alirio Martinica is tried and judged by the Sandinistas in Nicaragua and is forced to defend his case. Meticulously researched, it is an artistic masterpiece.

Description in Spanish: Nicaragua, 1979. Ante la inminente cada de la dictadura somocista, Alirio Martinica trata de huir por mar. Es aprehendido por jvenes combatientes del Frente Sandinista y llevado a juicio popular, acusado de participar en acciones criminales del rgimen de Somoza, de quien lleg a ser secretario privado. Ante sus jueces, todo un pueblo reunido en asamblea al aire libre, Alirio expondr las razones por las que debe perdonrsele.

Las minucias, errores, abusos, injusticias, se entierran en el olvido cuando hay acontecimientos tan variados y vertiginosos como los que ocurren en una revolucin, y muchos actos heroicos corren la misma suerte, aunque hayan servido de palanca al salto de la historia. En esta novela, Sergio Ramrez coloca al lector ante ese salto y le da elementos para juzgarlo.



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Pages   448
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.69" Width: 4.33" Height: 1.18"
Weight:   0.53 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2004
Publisher   Punto de Lectura
ISBN  8466312900  
ISBN13  9788466312905  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Sergio Ramirez was born in Masatepe, Nicaragua in 1942. His first book was published in 1963; the following year he earned a law degree at the University of Nicaragua. After a lengthy voluntary exile in Costa Rica and Germany -during which he continued to write works of fiction and nonfiction - he became active as the leader of the Group of Twelve, consisting of intellectuals, businessman and priests united against the Somoza regime. With the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution in 1979, he became part of the Junta of the Government of National Reconstruction, where he presided over the National Council of Education. He was elected vice-president of Nicaragua in 1984, an office he held until 1990. He continued to serve as the leader of the Sandinista block in the National Assembly until 1995, when he founded the Movement for Sandinista Renovation (MRS) because of his differences with Daniel Ortega. In 1996 he retired from politics. Sergio Ramirez is the author of thirty books, only a handful of which have been translated into English. He has received Spain's Dashiel Hammet Award, France's Laure Bataillon Award, Cuba's Jose Maria Arguedas Latinamerican Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Alfaguara International Novel Award. A Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of France, and a doctor honoris causa of Blaise Pascal University (France), he is also recipient of the International Prize for Human Rights awarded by the Bruno Kreisky Foundation, and the Order of Merit of the Federal Government of Germany. He will hold the Robert Kennedy Professorship in Latin American Studies at Harvard University in 2009. His recent book include Catallina y Catalina (2001), Sombras nada mas (2002), Mil y una muertes (2004), and El Reino Animal.

Sergio Ramirez currently resides in Managua. Sergio Ramirez was born in 1942.

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Original y genial  Jan 28, 2003
En el proceso de contar la historia de la vida y muerte del protagonista de esta novela, Alirio Martinica, secretario privado del último Presidente Somoza, Sergio Ramírez nos deslumbra con su estilo narrativo tan original. Su habilidad para capturar los eventos, el lenguaje, y la idiosincracia del nicaraguense es incomparable. Igualmente, la destreza con que Ramírez combina el trasfondo histórico y la ficción es algo que vale la pena ver. Conocimiento de la historia nicaraguense reciente es útil, pero no es necesario para apreciar la patética y clásica historia de la subida y caída del poder de Martinica.

Un aviso de precaución: leer esta novela requiere un módico de paciencia, ya que la manera cómo el autor mezcla los diálogos de los varios personajes, así como la forma en que juega con la dimensión temporal a veces causa un poco de confusión y hay que regresar al principio del párrafo. En eso recuerda un poco a Mario Vargas Llosa en "Pantaleón y las Visitadoras". Pero como en ese caso, el lector persistente verá su esfuerzo premiado.

He leído ya varios libros de Sergio Ramírez, entre novelas y memorias. Todos los he disfrutado inmensamente. Espero ansiosamente su próximo esfuerzo.

 

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