The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala (Paperback)
Stories from Guatemala
University of Iowa Press, 9780877456421, 200pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 1998
In stories such as "Jose del Rio" and "Bathwater, ' Brazaitis blends magical realism with political intrigue to realize the impact of the country's civil war and its roots in the Spanish Conquest. "A Detective's Story" reveals the influence of the United States in the shaping of Guatemalan politics. In a dreamlike story entitled "The Whale", the narrator laments the destructive nature of homophobia in Guatemalan society. Yet this prize-winning collection is not a political work. Rather, it is a book about men and women struggling to overcome hardship and misfortune in their own lives.
In each of these stories, Brazaitis gives voice to Guatemala's indigenous population -- people who speak Pokomchi and Cakchiquel, languages and cultures often buried in the crush of assimilation. Through their voices, the author uncovers stories of lives redeemed and lost in the tumult of history and circumstance.