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Loosing My Espanish
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Author: Carrillo, H.G.

Brand: Anchor

Color: Pink

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Number Of Pages: 336

Release Date: 18-10-2005

Details: Product Description Oscar Delossantos is about to lose his job as a teacher at a Jesuit high school in Chicago. Rather than go quietly, he embarks on a valiant last history lesson that chronicles the flight from Cuba of his makeshift extended family.Evoking the struggle between nostalgia and the realities of the Cuban Revolution with both grit and lyricism, he inspires his students with an altogether dazzling reinterpretation of the Cuban-American experience. By turns heartbreaking, funny, and brilliantly inventive, Loosing My Espanish is a singular debut. Review “His literary ancestors are the fabulous Latins with their reverence for myth and for memory, their penchant for surrealism: Gabriel Garc’a M‡rquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Isabel Allende.” – The Washington Post Book World “Will be of interest to everyone who has inherited a history and a language they could not fully connect with but still tried to preserve.” — The Miami Herald “Evocative. . . . The interplay of two languages offers many beautiful effects.” — San Francisco Chronicle “An incisive look into the lives of a Cuban American family. . . . Lyrical, skillfully descriptive, bold, colorful, magical and vibrant with cultural rhythm and resonance.” — Black Issues Book Review “ Loosing My Espanish is a novel that exists in a realm where beauty and memory and longing are one. Mr. Carrillo’s talents are formidable, his lyricism pitch-perfect, and his compassion limitless.” –Junot Díaz, author of Drown “Did you know that language can be read and heard and seen and touched? That you can smell it, taste it? Try Loosing My Espanish.” –Eduardo Galeano, author of the Memory of Fire trilogy “H. G. Carrillo’s remarkable prose captures memory, loss, and desire like a net made of language. In its trappings we find all sorts of gifts, from history to puns to love songs. Loosing My Espanish is enchantingly brilliant. What we are witnessing is the evolution of a great American writer.” –Ernesto Quiñonez, author of Chango's Fire “In Loosing My Espanish, paradoxically, the great winner is Spanish, not only for the way in which the text is subverted by that language, but also for the splendid way in which it has given blood, spirit, and conviction to a moving novel that breathes Cuba in a major key.” –Mayra Montero, author of Deep Purple “What is a historical fact if not a personal history, a country’s history, a political history? In his stunning first novel, Carrillo delivers a narrator who erupts and disrupts the pavements of the Cuban-American experience by showing us that the most accurate, if not truthful, fact comes from the memory of the impassioned heart. The rhythmic beauty of Carrillo’s commanding storytelling leaves you with the urgency of trying to catch your breath. I can’t imagine another American history course being taught without Loosing My Espanish as required reading.” –Helena María Viramontes, author of Under the Feet of Jesus From the Back Cover A fiery, accomplished literary debut, "Loosing My Espanish chronicles the struggles and vicissitudes of the men and women of a tiny Cuban-American community in Chicago who are haunted by history, memory, and myth as they encounter the American dream. Oscar Delossantos has recently been dismissed for a perceived indiscretion from the Jesuit boys' high school where he has taught for twenty-two years. As his last semester comes to an end, he gives a daring, extended final history lesson: a kaleidoscopic portrait of Cuba as it exists in the hearts and minds of its exiled and dispossessed. In Oscar's tale, the weather is a system of extremes; a boy disappears through a hole in the ice; a tender love story unfolds; a murder of crows wreaks havoc; an old woman at the onset of Alzheimer's burns down her house; sex, religion, family lore, gossip, and both official and reconfigured history all play their part. Throughout Oscar's raw, sometimes hallucinatory, lyrical testament- at once heartbreaking and ennobl

EAN: 9781400078141

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

Item Condition: UsedLikeNew