The Armies

By Evelio Rosero Diago; Anne McLean (Translator); Anne McLean (Translator)
(New Directions Publishing Corporation, Paperback, 9780811218641, 199pp.)

Publication Date: September 2009

Shop Local
Enter your zip code below to find indies closest to you.

Go


Description
Ismail, the profesor, is a retired teacher in a small Colombiantown where he passes the days pretending to pick oranges whilespying on his neighbor Geraldina as she lies naked in the shadeof a ceiba tree on a red floral quilt. The garden burns with sunlight;the macaws laugh sweetly. Otilia, Ismail's wife, is ashamed ofhis peeping and suggests that he pay a visit to Father Albornoz.Instead, Ismail wanders the town visiting old friends, plaguedby a tangle of secret memories: Where have I existed theseyears? I answer myself: up on the wall, peering over. Whenthe armies slowly arrive, the profesor's reveries aregradually taken over by a living hell. His wife disappears andhe must find her. We learn that not only gentle, grassy hillsidessurround San Jose but landmines and coca fields. The reader issoon engulfed by the violence of Rosero's narrative that is touchednot only with a deep sadness, but an extraordinary tenderness.
Indie Bookstore Finder

Indie Bestsellers

All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr
Scribner Book Company
Landline
Rainbow Rowell
St. Martin's Press
New and Selected Poems
David Lehman
Scribner
Still Some Cake
James Cummins
Carnegie-Mellon University Press

Make Your Own Wishlist








Update Profile