Ayacucho, Goodbye and Moscow's Gold

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Ayacucho, Goodbye and Moscow's Gold

Two Novellas on Peruvian Politics and Violence

By Julio Ortega; Yvette E. Miller (Editor); Edith Grossman (Translator)

Latin American Literary Review Press, Paperback, 9780935480665, 104pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 1994

In the first of two allegorical novellas, Peruvian peasant leader Alfonso Canepa is murdered and mutilated by the police, but feeling unsatisfied with his death, the dead man sets out to recover his missing bones and seek Christian burial. During the pilgrimage from his mountain village to the capital he relates an epic satire of a Peru torn apart by a decade of terrorism and government repression. Stuck between life and death, the incomplete body of Canepa finds humor, cynicism, and hope in a nation that has become "a graveyard with an airport." In"Moscow's Gold," a Peruvian teenager's life is unexpectedly disrupted and complicated by the strains and repressions of the Cold War era.He realizes that sometimes a person must come to terms with the people that friends can become when put under pressure.

About the Author
Julio Ortega has been called "Peru's leading literary intellectual" (American Book Review). He is Professor of Hispanic Studies at Brown University and has published many works of his own fiction, drama, and poetry, as well as numerous critical editions and works of literary criticism.

Acclaimed for her best-selling translations of Cervantes, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Mario Vargas Llosa, Edith Grossman has received many awards including the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation. She lives in New York City.